Roman about on the web

Antonine Guard society members John Richardson, Joe Witcombe  and Ron Greer. Picture by Donald MacLeod   � Crown Copyright Reproduced Courtesy of Historic Scotland
Antonine Guard society members John Richardson, Joe Witcombe and Ron Greer. Picture by Donald MacLeod � Crown Copyright Reproduced Courtesy of Historic Scotland

Looking for a legion of fun facts about the Romans in East Dunbartonshire? Then help is just a click away.

A new website has been launched to help visitors get the most out of the Antonine Wall.

Featuring an interactive map, downloadable walking and cycling guides, and in-depth information on the archaeology and history of the wall, the new site will give visitors all the information they need to explore the wonders of the most northerly section of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire world heritage site.

It provides information on both sites and museums, and key things to see and do for families and tourists planning a day out along the Wall, which runs right through East Dunbartonshire.

In addition to visitor information, the website contains specially developed educational and research resources for all ages, including a database of archaeological artefacts discovered along the wall.

The Antonine Wall stretches 37 miles (60km) across the Scottish Central Belt. In its heyday around 7,000 soldiers were stationed along it, from countries as far away as modern day Syria, Spain and Algeria.

Patricia Weeks, Antonine Wall world heritage site co-ordinator, said: “This website is a fantastic resource for visitors and educators alike. With summer fast approaching, there has never been a better time to get out and explore the wall and we’ve included lots of resources to help with that, from suggested cycling routes to an events page.

“In addition, there are lots of fun Roman learning resources for families, teachers and students, and the fact the site is available in three languages makes it a useful language and a history resource for teachers working with the Curriculum for Excellence.”

Explore the website at www.antoninewall.org

The website is available in various languages and was funded by East Dnbartonshire Council, Historic Scotland and other councils along the wall’s route.