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The Antonine Wall

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Name:
The Antonine Wall
Continent:
EUROPE
Alt Name:
Roman fort of Rough Castle
Country:
United Kingdom
Period:
Ancient Rome
Sub-Region:
-
Date:
100AD - 199AD
City/Town:
Bonnybridge
Figure:
 -
Resorts:
Bonnybridge, Glasgow, Edinburgh,
Related:
Bearsden Bath House, Bar Hill Fort,
Croy Hill, Hadrian’s Wall,

The Antonine Wall history

The Antonine Wall was a Roman defensive wall which ran from Old Kilpatrick to Carriden, along what is now Scotland’s central belt.

In 138AD, under the orders of Emperor Antoninus Pius, the Roman 6th and 20th legions began building The Antonine Wall. They would complete it a mere two years later, eighteen years after Hadrian’s Wall was built. The main function of The Antonine Wall was a defensive one - mostly to offer protection from Caledonian tribes - but it may also have served as a customs station.

The Antonine Wall would continue to be occupied until the late 160s AD when, under Marcus Aurelius, the Romans began to retreat to its more famous counterpart. Whilst far less well-known than Hadrian’s Wall, the Antonine Wall is still a marvel of Roman engineering and many parts of it - and some of its approximately twenty forts - can still be discerned today. Amongst them are Bar Hill Fort, Croy Hill and the Bearsden Bath House.

The map for this site is located at the former Roman fort of Rough Castle, the earthworks of which can still be seen. This is also considered one of the most intact sections of the Antonine Wall, with a ditch and rampart both visible.

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contact details

Address: Roman fort of Rough Castle, Off Bonnyside Rd, Falkirk FK4 Scotland

Phone: 0131 668 8800

visitor information

Directions to The Antonine Wall:
There are several places to see The Antonine Wall. Rough Castle (pictured on map) is just outside Bonnybridge (signposted from here), approx 20 miles northeast of Glasgow.

The Antonine Wall opening times and ticket prices:
Most sites along The Antonine Wall are free to view and open at all reasonable times. Enter “Antonine Wall” into our free search box to see them mapped out.

Links:
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/places/propertyresults/propertydetail.htm?PropID=PL_010
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/scottishhistory/darkages/trails_darkages_romans2.shtml
http://www.ancient.eu.com/Antonine_Wall/

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