Dr Birgitta Hoffmann : Roman Gask Project
Archaeologists from The Roman Gask Project, based at Liverpool University, have been in Angus learning more about the Roman occupation of the area 2,000 years ago. For the past fortnight, the volunteers have been spending time uncovering the secrets of the most northerly fort in the Roman Empire at Stracathro, with some startling and unexpected results.
Dr Birgitta Hoffmann commented on the survey findings, “From what we’ve learned elsewhere on the Gask frontier, forts generally weren’t in use for particularly long periods of time, perhaps around 15 years or so. This part ofScotland was purely a military zone for the Romans; they came and expected to settle, like they did elsewhere in Britain, but politics intervened and they never did fully conquer the north.
Dr David Woolliscroft, Co-Director of the Project said, “We have this amazing frontier running through Scotland, but unlike Hadrian’s Wall, the other well-known frontier, little is known about Gask and its role and functions. We set out ten years ago to survey all the known forts on the frontier, and we’ve learned a lot about them, but there’s so much more to be discover. Stracathro may be the most northerly fort in the Roman Empire, but we know of marching camps which are even further north, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the Roman Gask frontier still had plenty of secrets to reveal.”