Roman road discovered at Hadrian’s Wall

A Roman road has been discovered during works to extend the visitor centre facilities at Housesteads Roman Fort in Northumberland England.

Vercovicium, now known as Housesteads Roman Fort, was an auxiliary fort on Hadrian’s Wall, in the Roman province of Britannia.

The fort was built in stone around AD 124, soon after the construction of the Wall began in AD 122.

The road discovery runs a north-west to south-east alignment and was later overlain by the B6318 military road (Wade’s Roads) that was constructed in the 1750’s when General Wade was fighting Jacobite rebels.

Chris Jones, historic environment officer for the park, told the BBC : “The discovery of new remains is always a great thrill for any archaeologist. With every day that passes, we will know more.”


Also discovered were pottery fragments and stonework at Housesteads, Haydon Bridge.

Northumberland National Park said that “The importance and scale of the find is being assessed”



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