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Antonine Wall
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I can't make sense of the arrangement of the archaeological remains in this photo. The Antonine Wall was built of turf on stone foundations and featured a ditch on its northern side. Then why is in this section the stone substructure running within the ditch? To excavate a ditch only to raise the wall at its bottom is militarily absurd. Here and here other shots.
Stefan (Literary references to the discussed topics are always appreciated.)
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(03-27-2020, 09:26 AM)Eleatic Guest Wrote: Then why is in this section the stone substructure running within the ditch? (Here and here other shots.)

The wall you're looking at isn't Roman. It's a modern field boundary. See, e.g., A.S. Robertson, The Antonine Wall (3rd edn. 1979), p. 69: "Within the Forestry Commission plantation, the Ditch may be followed by keeping close to the northern limit of the planted area. For the next quarter-mile (0.4km) or more the Ditch has a stone wall set in it."

btw The geographical setting is the approach to the fort at Bar Hill, if you're interested.
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