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The Antiquarian Rediscovery of the Antonine Wall

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by Lawrence Keppie

This book is available as an open access e-book.

The Antonine Wall has been visible as an upstanding earthwork across the central belt of Scotland since its construction by the Roman legions over 1,850 years ago, in the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. This book takes up its story from the time of its abandonment in the reign of Marcus Aurelius and charts developments in our knowledge about it through the Middle Ages and after, up to the early years of the twentieth century, by which time the earliest scientific excavations had taken place.

The book is profusely illustrated with maps, portraits of prominent antiquaries and nineteenth-century watercolours.

Lawrence Keppie was formerly Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University.

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The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of this volume from Historic Scotland, the British Academy and the Jennie S Gordon Memorial Foundation.

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Weight 1.24 kg
Dimensions 220 x 281 mm


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Publication date

November 2012


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    Keppie has provided a fascinating account of the pre-disciplinary character of Antonine Wall research and the initial development of a more analytical approach. For those with an interest in either the antiquarian history of Britain or the study of Roman frontiers, this excellent volume provides a significant and attractive addition to the literature.

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