The History of Leith

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The Votadini

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

The Votadini (the Wotādīnī, or Votādīnī)[1] were a people of the Iron Age in Great Britain, and their territory was briefly part of the Roman province Britannia. Their territory was in south-east Scotland and north-east England, extending south of the Firth of Forth and extended from the Stirling area down to the English River Tyne, including at its peak what are now the Falkirk, Lothian and Borders regions of eastern Scotland, and Northumberland in north east England. Their capital was probably the Traprain Law hill fort in East Lothian, until that was abandoned in the early 400s, moving to Din Eidyn (Edinburgh). for more click here

Hadrian’s Wall

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Hadrian’s Wall (Latin: Rigore Valli Aeli, “the line along Hadrian’s frontier”) is a stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now England. Begun in AD 122, it was the third of four such fortifications built across Great Britain, the first being from the River Clyde to the River Forth under Agricola and the last the Antonine Wall. All were built to prevent military raids on Roman Britain by the Pictish tribes (ancient inhabitants of Scotland) to the north,to improve economic stability and provide peaceful conditions in Britain, and to mark physically the frontier of the Empire. Hadrian’s Wall is the best known of the three because its physical presence remains most evident today. for more click here

Hadrian resurfaces in Turkey, with a head for history

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

The recently unearthed head of a statue of Roman Emperor Hadrian, the stunning centerpiece of the British Museum’s “Hadrian: Empire and Conflict” exhibit, which opened Thursday, is a towering historical reminder of current political complexities. Discovered in Turkey last year, Hadrian’s head is the center of the museum’s hugely popular exhibit, which includes artifacts from the various continents that were at one time ruled by Hadrian. Like gossipers in an ancient Roman bathhouse, visitors whisper about stunning pieces that tell of sex, rebellion and military withdrawal. for more click here

First Roman tombstone discovered in Scotland in more than 170 years

Friday, January 18th, 2008

The first Roman tombstone to be found in Scotland since 1834 has been unearthed at Carberry, near Inveresk.

The tombstone – described as the most important Roman discovery in Scotland since the Cramond Lioness – is for a bodyguard called Crescens, and provides the strongest evidence yet that Inveresk was a pivotal Roman site in northern Britain. for more click here

Water plant work digs up evidence of Roman fort

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

A 2000-YEAR-OLD Roman fort has been uncovered on the site of a new £60 million treatment plant for the Capital’s drinking water.

The remains of the camp were discovered during preparations for the Glencorse works on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park.

It is hoped the find will give archaeologists further clues about how the Romans organised their occupation of the Lothians in the first century AD. for more click here

Italy Romulus caves unearthed

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Archaeologists in Italy have unearthed caves where it is said that a wolf nursed Rome’s legendary founders. for more click here

Pictish Nation

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Dedicated to the Picts, the pre-Scottish people of Caledonia, and Pictish culture. Covers the known history and legends about the Picts as well as comprehensive web links and a bibliography. for more click here

Rome: Map Resources

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Maps of the Roman Empire. for more click here

The Roman Empire

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

The Roman Empire at its Greatest Extent. for more click here

The Roman Army in Britain

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

A web site dealing with the Roman military occupation of Britain; specifically the army, navy, fortifications, a military bibliography, and information about the project to discover what is presumed the first military frontier in Britain on the Gask ridge in Perthshire. for more click here

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