Roman Antonine Wall Gets World Heritage Status And New Map

By Dawn Marshallsay | 25 July 2008
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Photo of the front of the Antonine Wall map

The Antonine Wall is considered to be as important as Hadrian's Wall and the German Limes, marking Roman border on the edge of Germany. © RCAHMS

Done Hadrian’s Wall? Then perhaps you would like to know that Hadrian’s successor Emperor Antonius Pius (AD138-161) built a wall too, and there’s now a new map to take you on a tour of it.

To celebrate achieving UNESCO World Heritage site status on July 7 2008, a new map showing the complete route of the Roman Antonine Wall has been produced.

“This new map is an essential resource to anyone wishing to visit the Wall,” said Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s convener of environment.

“It provides detailed archaeological information and highlights specific areas of interest, such as the Roman Fort at Rough Castle near the Falkirk Wheel and Roman Bathhouse at Bearsden.”

Antonius’ 37-mile ‘wall’, which he built in AD142, consisted of a turf rampart fronted by a deep ditch, with forts linked by a road called the Military Way.

Photo of a dip between two hills where the Antonine Wall once stood

A still visible section of the Antonine Wall at Falkirk. Courtesy Falkirk Council

Many features of the wall, which runs from Bo’ness to Old Kilpatrick in Scotland, are still visible today.

These, along with less visible parts, are highlighted on the map produced by The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). Information is overlaid on a modern 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map.

“The Wall is now part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Sites,” said Dr Rebecca Jones of RCAHMS, “and has been recognised as historically important as Hadrian's Wall and the German Limes.”

Copies of the map can be bought from the retail areas of Callendar House and Kinneil Museum for £5, and are on sale in all good booksellers. For more details visit the Royal Commission website

Falkirk Council has also produced a free guide to walks around the Antonine Wall in the Falkirk Council area. Copies are available from museums and other outlets.

A guide to the Wall is online at www.falkirkonline.net