This week: Hadrian’s Wall

When construction began in AD 122, Hadrian's Wall marked the furthermost limit of the Roman Empire. Stretching 73 miles from the North Sea to the Solway Firth, it divided conquered territory to the south from that occupied by unbeaten tribes to the north. Almost 2,000 years on, the Wall remains a potent symbol of the north-south divide between England and Scotland, referenced frequently in the ongoing and often-heated debate over Scottish independence.…

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Excavating Glamorgan and Monmouthsire

This publication features, among other highlights, the extraordinary, emotive survival of a series of footprints made by a Mesolithic child.

History hidden in plain sight

Banksy has made himself very rich with witty examples of the genre, and both Historic England and the National Trust now conserve and celebrate historic graffiti.

The value of culture

Economics cannot be used to measure the emotional, educational, psychological, spiritual, health, and social benefits of heritage – all the things that make life worth living.

Excavating the past of south Wales

This revealed much about life in ‘Roman’ Wales, in both its modest urbanised centres and its wider hinterlands.

Palmyra, 1864

What remains of Palmyra’s substantial ruins, stretching across 3km, gives a sense of the city’s prosperity and grandeur, especially between the 1st…

Dewlish leopard

Discovered during excavations at Dewlish in 1974, the leopard mosaic is considered one of the most realistic depictions of an animal by…

The 9th East Norfolk

Patrick Mercer reports on a tough fighting regiment of the Napoleonic Wars, let down by dismal command in…