Sunday, July 08, 2012

Hadrian’s Wall inscriptions

The inscrip­tions come from three main loca­tions, almost all prob­a­bly hav­ing moved as spo­lia prior to depo­si­tion.



The first two stones come from the east (Tynemouth) but are thought to orig­i­nate from Wallsend.

RIB 1300: I(ovi) O(ptimo) M(aximo) / Ael(ius) Rufus / praef(ectus) coh(ortis) / IIII Lin­gon­um('For Jupiter Best and Great­est, Aelius Rufus, pre­fect of the Fourth Cohort of Lin­gones (set this up).') Altar found 1783 at Tynemouth Pri­o­ry. Now at Soci­ety of Anti­quar­ies, Lon­don. Prob­a­bly 2nd cen­tu­ry ADSource: RIB I p.430