Two Roman Forts Uncovered in Scotland

Archaeologists working in Falkirk Scotland have announced that they have uncovered two Roman forts and a bounty of archaeological remains (such as axes, bones, jewelry, and leather shoes). The discovery is exciting as there is little evidence remaining of the Roman occupation of Scotland.

Archaeologist Martin Cook has said of the discoveries:

“This will be one of the most important finds in the Falkirk area for decades and one of the best ones we’ve been involved with… This proves that the Romans were there for a greater length of time, which is different to their normal routine of coming in, building something and then tearing it down so the natives can’t use it once they have left.”

Excavations at the sight have only just begun and further digging is expected to continue along with wide-spread conservation efforts. To read more about this find, see the article in the Scotsman.

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5 thoughts on “Two Roman Forts Uncovered in Scotland

  1. Jim Wheeler

    Apparently there is no detailed written record of the Roman Empire’s activities, at least in these Northern extremes. I wonder why? Perhaps the Emperors declined to support such activities, being profligate and self-centered. Certainly the Romans were advanced in their time for civil engineering such as aqueducts, roads and amphitheaters. It was a narcissistic society, was it not? Such people might have had little concern for future generations.

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    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Keep in mind that most Roman history has been lost to us over the centuries – largely due to the burning of libraries, degradation, and iconoclasm. We know that there were several histories of the Romans in Northern Britain – many quite detailed, they just have not survived.
      Few aqueducts and roadways in Britain for several reasons – one, they never had the population there to merit their construction, two, the excessive moisture (being Britain and all) did not require water transport and storage, and three, the moist earth did not lend itself well to Roman Engineering practices.

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  2. Molly

    With all the doggone snow we have gotten recently I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do. 🙂

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