On my trip to Scotland in May, I took a quick detour to Hadrian's Wall, and in particular to Fort Vindolanda, which features in my novels. I hadn't been there in seventeen years, and I was amazed at the archaeological work done since I last saw it.
The Romans brought a system of order to a barbaric land, but like all invaders, the locals resented their presence. Unable to tame the Picts and growing number of Gales to the north, Emperor Hadrian commanded they construct a wall to mark the end of the Roman Empire.
Romans brought trade and spices to Britannia, cleanliness, health, religion, even Christianity, after the reign of Emperor Constantine. After the fall of the Empire, things fell into ruin, and the dark ages spread across Europe.
|Highest point of Hadrian's wall|
|Fort Vindolanda Statuary - A Legionnaire|
|Vindolanda Drainage System|
|Fort Vindolanda Road|
|Fort Vindolanda Ruins|
|Vindolanda Principia (Headquarters Building) And my daughter, Moriah!|
|Strongroom for the payroll|
|Life Sized Mile Castle Model|
|The Vindolanda Site|
|Vindolanda Statuary--I think Emperor Hadrian|