Outposts of empire, from the air: Landscape and identity beyond Hadrian’s Wall

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The northern frontier of Roman Britain has long been a focus for archaeological study in England and Scotland, one of the best-preserved military borders of the ancient world. Aerial survey has been a major tool utilised in the past few decades for investigating and monitoring the condition of Hadrian’s Wall and its environs, with large scale projects such as the Hadrian’s Wall National Mapping Programme (2002-2008) and ongoing reconnaissance and testing of new techniques within and beyond the World Heritage Site. The aim of the current PhD project, based at the University of York and in collaboration with Historic England, is to reassess existing aerial survey data and create new mapping for key areas from aerial sources including historic and specialist photography, satellite and lidar imagery. This will then be evaluated alongside other forms of non-intrusive survey and evidence from excavations through a theoretical framework constructed from the current body of identity, landscape and frontier theory.The objective is to look at how we can best use large-area survey data to address research questions such as the impact of the frontier’s establishment and ongoing occupation, both on the natural and cultural landscapes of the region, and the identities of the people, native and Roman, living within them.The first phase of the project has looked at different archaeological landscapes around two outpost forts beyond the line of Hadrian’s Wall – Netherby (Castra Exploratorvm) in the west and High Rochester (Bremenivm) in the east, in order to investigate the nature of interaction and activities in the frontier landscape between local people and newly-arrived Roman garrisons.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018
EventIALA 5th Landscape Archaeology Conference - Newcastle/Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Sep 201820 Sep 2018


ConferenceIALA 5th Landscape Archaeology Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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