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Romans in Scotland


The might of the Roman Empire in the first four centuries AD reached as far north as Scotland. Their visits may have been fleeting but the Romans have left behind a lasting legacy of archaeological remains, including forts and temporary camps, signal towers and bath houses, and long linear works such as roads and the Antonine Wall, a World Heritage site. These sites form a prominent and important feature in Scotland’s past and have fascinated our people for nearly two thousand years.

The images in this collection represent a broad range of Roman sites, the people who excavated them and what they uncovered. The images detail over one hundred years of excavations but they also demonstrate how important aerial photography is, both for recording upstanding sites and for discovering the cropmarks of sites that have long since been ploughed flat.

Explore this collection and discover the rich legacy that the Romans left in Scotland.