Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wall Mile 15

Our journey continues downhill from Harlow Hill, at the edge of a not-very-exciting field. Here the Wall is in stealth mode: the ditch is barely discernible, the curtain wall is under the road, and the Vallum shows up only as a cropmark from the air (under the right conditions). But is the curtain wall really there? We saw that it still existed on Walwick Hill at the beginning of the 20th century and it has been located near Heddon-on-the-wall, as we shall see, but along Wall Mile 15 and at Harlow Hill, where it has been examined by excavation, it has been completely removed (and not necessarily by the original road builders).