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Tourist Trinkets From The Roman Empire

Tourist Trinkets From The Roman Empire Dec 21st, 2012 at 9:00AM: The Roman Empire is remarkably familiar to the modern eye. It had highways, indoor plumbing, religious tolerance, and even fashion violations such as wearing socks with sandals. It's like a primitive version of our own culture, with more similarities than differences. And now it turns out they had tourist trinkets too. A press release from Hadrian's Wall Trust announces that a new book...

Hadrian's Wall To Be Turned Into World's Longest Work Of Art

Hadrian's Wall To Be Turned Into World's Longest Work Of Art Aug 24th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Hadrian's Wall has been the traditional boundary between England and Scotland ever since it was built by the Romans in the second century A.D. This 73-mile long structure was once the northernmost limit of the Roman Empire. As part of the London 2012 Festival, the New York-based artists' collective YesYesNo will light up the entire length with a series of tethered balloons lit by internal LED...

Historic stretch of Hadrian's Wall repaired

Historic stretch of Hadrian's Wall repaired Oct 15th, 2011 at 2:00PM: A stretch of Hadrian's Wall, the famous fortification in northern England that for centuries marked the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire, has been repaired. After 2,000 years, parts of the fortification meant to keep out northern barbarians are in pretty bad shape. People have stolen stones over the past several centuries and you can see parts of the wall in local farmhouses and...

New exhibit sheds light on Antonine Wall, the Roman Empire's northernmost border

New exhibit sheds light on Antonine Wall, the Roman Empire's northernmost border Sep 22nd, 2011 at 11:30AM: There's not much left of it now, just a deep swale in the earth and a few stones jutting out of the grass. Almost two thousand years ago, though, it was the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire. The Antonine Wall protected a narrow part of Scotland between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde, from the 140s to 160s AD. After the Emperor Hadrian built Hadrian's Wall across what is now...

New discoveries reveal life and times of the Roman Emperor Hadrian

New discoveries reveal life and times of the Roman Emperor Hadrian Jun 19th, 2011 at 3:00PM: The Emperor Hadrian is one of Rome's most famous emperors, ruling at the height of the Empire from 117-138 AD. His villa just north of Rome is a popular tourist attraction, yet some Italian researchers have discovered what countless visitors never noticed: the buildings are aligned with astronomical events. On the summer solstice (June 21 this year) light passes through an opening above a...

Hiking Hadrian's Wall--the practicalities

Hiking Hadrian's Wall--the practicalities Sep 9th, 2009 at 3:30PM: If this series on the Hadrian's Wall Path has sparked your interest, why not walk it yourself? It's one of the more interesting and less challenging of the UK's fifteen National Trails. The total length of the trail is 84 miles. It is well signposted and difficult to get lost. Furthermore, there are plenty of camp grounds, hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts along the way. The scenery is attractive...

Hadrian's Wall Day Six: reaching the coast

Hadrian's Wall Day Six: reaching the coast Sep 8th, 2009 at 3:30PM: It's the last day of my hike and I wake up excited. I have only fifteen miles to go to finish walking across the country! Sure, I've been going along one of the narrowest parts of England, but it still feels good. I'll be staying at the same hotel in Carlisle, the Brooklyn House, again tonight, and that means I can finish up my hike with only a day pack. Back in Roman times Carlisle was called...

Hadrian's Wall Day Five: across the lowlands

Hadrian's Wall Day Five: across the lowlands Sep 7th, 2009 at 4:00PM: Getting up early I take a last look at the crags that I crossed yesterday before heading west and towards Carlisle. I'm now in the lowlands and after scrabbling over steep rock for the past two days it's very easy going. Add the fact that it's sunny and I only have eleven miles to walk today, and I have an easy ramble ahead of me. The countryside is more populated here, and I pass by hedges,...

Hiking Hadrian's Wall: Day Four--over the crags

Hiking Hadrian's Wall: Day Four--over the crags Sep 6th, 2009 at 3:30PM: I set out from Twice Brewed having hiked halfway across England without discovering any problems in what is now officially my middle-aged body. In fact, I feel pretty damn good. The central portion of the Hadrian's Wall Path is dominated by a series of crags. The Wall goes right up and over them. It would have been easier to build around, but the Romans wanted to take advantage of the natural...

Hiking Hadrian's Wall: Day Three--The Underwater Temple

Hiking Hadrian's Wall: Day Three--The Underwater Temple Sep 4th, 2009 at 4:30PM: After yesterday's first glimpses of Hadrian's Wall, I'm anxious to see what's ahead. I hitch a ride from Barrasford back to the Path from an old woman whose son and his boyfriend are hiking the route in the other direction. Just over the bridge spanning the North Tyne and past the little town of Chollerford is Chesters Roman Fort with its extensive museum. It doesn't open for another hour and I...

Hiking Hadrian's Wall--Day Two, the first glimpses of the wall

Hiking Hadrian's Wall--Day Two, the first glimpses of the wall Sep 3rd, 2009 at 3:00PM: The second day of my hike across England dawns clear, a good omen considering the steady drizzle I endured yesterday. I feel glad to be out of Newcastle. There's something deeply satisfying about walking out of a city and waking up the next morning breathing fresh air. In the breakfast room of Houghton North Farm hikers headed either way along the Hadrian's Wall Path swap information and...

Hiking Hadrian's Wall--Day One

Hiking Hadrian's Wall--Day One Sep 2nd, 2009 at 4:30PM: The Hadrian's Wall Path starts with a bang. It doesn't look promising. This 84 mile National Trail begins at the appropriately named Wallsend neighborhood of Newcastle Upon Tyne, an industrial city in northern England. Not my ideal way to start a six-day hike, but right at the Wall's eastern end is Segedunum, one of the most completely excavated Roman forts in the world. Virtually all of it has...

Walking across England along Hadrian's Wall

Walking across England along Hadrian's Wall Sep 1st, 2009 at 4:30PM: A few days before my 40th birthday my three-year-old son woke me up by crawling on top of me and squashing his stuffed animals into my face. "Be nice to me, I'm an old man," I mumbled around a mouthful of orange fur. "You're not old," he said. "If you are boring you are old." Good point, kid. Better celebrate my passing into middle age by doing something interesting. So the day after I and a few...

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