Wonderful idea Mark, but doesn't look as if you've got any support...
The Roman Gask
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On 3 Sep 2007, at 11:31, Mark Horton wrote:
> Can we now see the Gask included in the World Heritage site
> extension that includes the Antonine wall! Of course it should have
> been there is the first place as the first Roman frontier!
> On 1 Sep 2007, at 11:24, Peter Green wrote:
>> NEWS RELEASE FROM THE ROMAN GASK PROJECT
>> 1 September 2007
>> The oldest Roman frontier system produces another twist in
>> Scotland’s history
>> Archaeologists working on Scotland’s Gask Ridge Frontier, which
>> dates to the early 70s AD, have discovered evidence that part of
>> the visible monument is in fact 70 years younger than previously
>> believed and dates from the Antonine period. The Gask frontier is
>> the oldest Roman frontier anywhere in the Empire and predates
>> Hadrian’s Wall by 50 years
>> The Gask Ridge Frontier is a combination of forts, watch towers
>> and a road. It stretches from around Dunblane in Perthshire to
>> north of Perth itself, mainly running on the low Gask Ridge. Work
>> this summer, by the Roman Gask Project, University of Liverpool,
>> indicates that the visible Roman road is younger than the watch
>> towers that are arranged along it. The towers date from around 70
>> AD and would have been linked by a road or track, however the
>> visble road is Antonine in date (around 140 AD).
>> During the Antonine period Hadrian’s Wall was abandoned and a new
>> frontier of wood and turf – the Antonine Wall – was built between
>> the Clyde and Forth. At the same time some of the forts that made
>> up the Gask system were rebuilt as outposts of the Antonine Wall.
>> “The archaeology of the Gask is becoming more complex than
>> originally believed and shows that it played an active part in the
>> military history of Roman Scotland for a considerable time,” said
>> Dr David Woolliscroft co–Director of the project.
>> “The watch towers must have been linked by a road or track, to
>> allow the tower teams to reach their posts from the nearby forts,
>> but that road remains to be found. The wonderfully engineered road
>> we see today was built later when the forts came back into use in
>> the mid 2nd century.”
>> The combination of road and watch towers that was first created in
>> Scotland was used as a model by the Roman army in Germany 20 years
>> later when they built their frontier from the Rhine to the Danube.
>> Notes for editors
>> 1. Press enquiries to Peter Green,
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>> 2. The Roman Gask Project
>> The Roman Gask Project is a long term programme to study the Roman
>> Frontier works on and around the Gask Ridge in Perthshire,
>> Scotland. The Gask Ridge frontier system is the earliest Roman
>> land frontier in Britain, built in the 70s 50 years before
>> Hadrian's Wall and 70 years before the Antonine Wall.
>> Since German archaeologists have now re-dated the start of their
>> frontier (which was once thought also to belong to the 80's) to
>> the Trajanic period 15-20 years later, it now seems that the Gask
>> system is the first Roman land frontier anywhere.
>> As such, the Gask acquires a particular importance, because it is
>> difficult to judge how Roman frontiers changed and developed over
>> time unless one can study the prototype.
>> Peter Green
>> The Roman Gask
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>> Web site: http://www.theromangaskproject.org.uk