The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Ro­man site re­veals se­crets

Urns find sug­gests mil­i­tary base was also home to fam­i­lies

- BY EMILY BEAMENT

Burial re­mains of a woman and child found by Hadrian’s Wall show the fa­mous mil­i­tary for­ti­fi­ca­tion was also a cen­tre for Ro­man fam­ily life, ex­perts said.

The pre­vi­ously un­seen Ro­man cre­ma­tion urns, which con­tain the re­mains of a young woman and a five-year-old child, are go­ing on dis­play at Bir­doswald Ro­man Fort, Cum­bria, close to where they were found.

The re­mains of the woman and the young­ster, who from the prox­im­ity of their burial may have been mother and child, chal­lenge the no­tion that Hadrian’s Wall was the pre­serve of mil­i­tary men, English Her­itage said.

At nearby Cor­bridge Ro­man Town, the pub­lic will be able to see in­fant feed­ing bot­tles, the rem­nants of a doll and ev­i­dence of board games.

The ex­hi­bi­tions are part of a com­bined £1.8 mil­lion in­vest­ment by the her­itage char­ity to bring to life the stories of the men, women and chil­dren who lived along the Ro­man em­pire’s north-western fron­tier.

The urns were dis­cov­ered dur­ing a rare ceme­tery ex­ca­va­tion in 2009, and anal­y­sis of a child’s tooth sug­gests he or she was around five while the woman is thought to have been in her 20s or 30s.

English Her­itage cu­ra­tor of Ro­man col­lec­tions Frances McIn­tosh said: “Along­side its mil­i­tary func­tion, Hadrian’s Wall was a thriv­ing cen­tre of ev­ery­day life.

“The dis­cov­ery of this woman and child is fas­ci­nat­ing, it leaves us with ques­tions about how they were re­lated, and why she was buried with ar­mour.”

 ??  ?? DIS­COV­ERY: English Her­itage cu­ra­tor of Ro­man col­lec­tions Frances McIn­tosh hold­ing an in­fant’s feed­ing bot­tle by Hadrian’s Wall, which will go on dis­play at Cor­bridge Ro­man Town, Northum­ber­land
DIS­COV­ERY: English Her­itage cu­ra­tor of Ro­man col­lec­tions Frances McIn­tosh hold­ing an in­fant’s feed­ing bot­tle by Hadrian’s Wall, which will go on dis­play at Cor­bridge Ro­man Town, Northum­ber­land

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