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New perspectives on the structure of the Antonine Wall

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    Rights statement: This is the final published version of a chapter published in Breeze, D. J. and Hanson, William S. (eds), 2020, The Antonine Wall: Papers in Honour of Professor Lawrence Keppie, Archaeopress. The version of record can be found here: https://www.archaeopress.com/product/displayProductDetail.asp?id=%7bB1A0300B-8749-446F-B4A3-29A89E62EC8C%7d

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Antonine Wall
Subtitle of host publicationPapers in Honour of Professor Lawrence Keppie
EditorsDavid J. Breeze, William S. Hanson
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781789694512
ISBN (Print)9781789694505
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2020

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NameRoman Archaeology


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.

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