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The Antonine Wall in Falkirk - Roman Frontiers exhibition

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Roman Frontiers: The Antonine Wall in Falkirk is a new exhibition which forms part of a programme of events focused on this World Heritage Site.

Launched on 20 May 2017, as part of the Festival of Museums, the programme of events will include an exhibition in Callendar House, talks, real and simulated excavations, re-enactments and children’s activities.

Roman Frontiers exhibition

The exhibition will illustrate the ability of the Roman army to adapt physical frontiers to the geographical and topographical setting wherever they occurred in the Empire. 

One of the key exhibits will be a full scale representation of the linear frontier barrier on the Antonine Wall - berm, ditch and upcast mound – with the latest understanding of how complex each of these forms of passive defence was based upon the most recent research. 

Other objects on display will include:

  • the famous Roman whistling lead slingshot from Burnswark – a weapon designed to strike terror into the enemy – on loan from Dumfries Council
  • The splendid griffin figurine that provided the crest of a Roman cavalry helmet, found at Polmont, which on display for the first time ever
  • an exquisitely enamelled terret ring from a chariot found by a metal detectorist at Airth

Other Roman Frontiers events

At the launch the Trust’s archaeologist, Geoff Bailey, will guide visitors around the displays, and this will be repeated for the public at fortnightly intervals.

One of the featured talks will be by Dr John Reid who recently appeared on the TV show Digging Britain, excavating at the hill fort at Burnswark.  His subject will be the Ballistic Capabilities of the Roman Army; a new spin on Roman weaponry. 

The use of new technology to record the Antonine Wall is prominent in the exhibition with three-dimensional scans of objects in the Museum collection, as well as a brand new computer game designed for Historic Environment Scotland.

The Exhibition runs from 20 May – 29th October 2017.  Free admission. 

Callendar House, Callendar Road, Falkirk FK1 1YR; tel: 01324 503770; website. Mon – Sun 10am – 5pm (Closed Tuesdays).  Last admission 4pm. 

 

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