2019 Rhind Lectures

NMS Auditorium, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
10–12 May 2019

2019 Rhind Lectures
Organised and hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

10 – 12 May 2019, NMS auditorium, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Hadrian’s Wall: A Study in Archaeological Exploration and Interpretation
Professor David Breeze
Hadrian’s Wall was written about even when it was still in use as a frontier. Interest continued through the next 1000 years, but it was the spirit of enquiry generated by the Renaissance which led to more focused study. Once archaeological excavations started, the pace quickened. Now we have an enormous data base even though only about 5% of the Wall has been examined. To understand our interpretations of Hadrian’s Wall today, it is necessary to start in the 1840s, and in particular consider the work and influence of John Collingwood Bruce (an Honorary Member of the Society). The first two lectures in this series of six will review the excavations and surveys, theories and flights of fancy since that decade. The next two lectures concentrate on the different phases of activity on the Wall and through them seek understanding of how the Wall operated. The impact of the Wall on local people and the landscape is the subject of the fifth lecture, while in the final talk the state of Hadrian’s Wall today is considered, with time for questions.

Lectures sponsored by AOC Archaeology Group
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