Hadrian's wall and Roman sites UK - August 2018
The gear and equipment of our club is based on historical sources, and to that end we are always visiting museums and Roman sites to look at the latest research and objects of interest. This is a selection of sites, the highlight being Vindolanda where excavations bring up fresh finds every summer season and you can watch history in the making as the finds are uncovered from the mud for the first time in roughly 2000 years. You can also become a volunteer and have the excitement of being the first to discover new objects yourself. Lisa chatted with Andrew Birley, the site director, who says new discoveries are to be announced shortly on the Severan period of around 200 AD.
Segedunum Roman fort and museum, and Arbeia Roman fort and museum. Arbeia guards the far eastern end of Hadrian's wall.
Corbridge Roman town and museum which displays the famous set of Corbridge lorica segmentata.
Senhouse Roman fort and museum, guarding the far western end of Hadrian's Wall.
Hunterian Museum of Glasgow University, Roman Antonine Wall display.
Rough Castle Fort on the Antonine Wall.
Antikenmuseum Basel Switzerland.
Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts. I noticed that the museum is inadvertently displaying the wrong side of coin 34, which should show the three busts of Caracalla, Julia Domna, and Geta (as on the right below), but was actually showing the head of Severus (as on the left below). I informed the guard who said he will let the curator know. This is a great problem with many museum displays that only show one side of objects such as coins, vases or statues, which can leave very interesting details unseen.