Sunday, September 02, 2012

Surveying Rome’s forgotten frontier : Past Horizons Archaeology

The Roman Gask Project will be undertaking an extensive survey of a fort on the Gask Ridge Frontier at Stracathro near Brechin in Angus. This fort for a short time in the late 80s AD represented the northernmost permanent outpost of the entire Roman empire.

Along with the frontier fort, the team will survey a Roman camp and look for evidence of a church which played a brief but important part in the shaping of Scottish history in the late 13th century.

The south gate of Stracathro Roman temporary camp. Image: Roman Gask Project

A forgotten frontier

The Gask frontier is made up of a line of forts and watchtowers which stretch from Doune near Stirling to Stracathro in Angus (see map below). The Gask Ridge frontier is currently believed to have been constructed around 80 AD and completed 42 years before construction started on Hadrian's Wall. The fortifications roughly follow the boundary between Scotland's fertile Lowlands and the more mountainous Highlands.