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This paper reviews and reinterprets the archaeological evidence of the building materials of the Antonine Wall. It presents a new perspective on the structural and geotechnical performance of the Wall with a particular focus on turf and earthen building materials and the role of the stone base in the moisture management of this largest turf-built monument surviving in the Roman world. Results demonstrate the heterogeneous character of the Wall and highlight the complexities of its construction. New avenues of future work are proposed as part of the Earthen Empire Leverhulme Research Project.
|Title of host publication||The Antonine Wall|
|Subtitle of host publication||Papers in Honour of Professor Lawrence Keppie|
|Editors||David J. Breeze, William S. Hanson|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Apr 2020|