Conquest of the North: Scotland and the Romans, 6 December 2023

20 February 2023
Dr Andrew Tibbs takes a look at the three Roman invasions of Scotland, exploring the differences between the historical accounts and what the archaeology tells us.

6 December 2023, 6.30pm UK time


In this 45-minute illustrated talk, based on his most recent research, Dr Andrew Tibbs (Durham University) explores the three Roman invasions of Scotland looking at the differences between historical accounts and the archaeology, and how new technologies and analytical techniques are shedding new light on why the Romans attempted to conquer the north.

Scotland is one of the few areas of the ancient world which was never completely occupied by the Roman army, and despite numerous attempts, it was never fully assimilated into the Empire. Roman fortifications can be found across Scotland, from the large military complex and settlement at Melrose, to solitary camps along the Moray coast. The Romans occupied Scotland on three occasions, but each had a different motivation. 

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Event details

Join Dr Andrew Tibbs for a live c.45-minute illustrated online talk on  6 December, followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The registration fee includes on-demand access to the event recording (released the following day) for 7 days after the broadcast.

The event will be chaired by author and historian Dr Louise Heren, reviews editor of History Scotland magazine.

Registration fee: £10 - includes 7-day access to the event recording. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate. Got a question about booking? E-mail Rachel Bellerby. 

Speaker details

Dr Andrew Tibbs is an Honorary Research Fellow within Archaeology at Durham University, where he also gained his PhD at the end of 2020. He is also a Teaching Fellow with the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 




(Image: finds from the Antonine Wall at The Hunterian, Glasgow. Copyright Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg), CCASA 4.0

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