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Archaeology InSites

Age of Stone
Age of Bronze
Age of Iron
Age of Invasion
Age of Warriors
Age of Worship
Age of Kings
Age of Clans
Age of Industry
Age of Leisure
Age of War
This Age

Age of Invasion

Roman occupation, and the Age of Invasion, revolutionised the way of life across large parts of Scotland. New architectural complexes such as Roman bathhouses and latrines, signal stations, roads and camps appeared across the landscape.

Rubers Law Fort and Signal Station - Cavers, The Scottish Borders

Rubers Law is one of the most distinctive hills in the Scottish Borders. The upper slopes support the ancient remains of not one, but two forts. The Iron Age fort is curiously scattered with neatly-shaped, red, sandstone blocks marked with distinct Roman carvings believed to have once belonged to a - long destroyed - Roman building. But was the function of the lost Roman building thought to have once stood on top of the summit of Rubers Law?

Roman bathhouses at Bothwellhaugh, Bar Hill and Bearsden; Latrines at Bearsden and Castlecary

Roman forts provided homes to soldiers stationed in Scotland. They lived in barracks, had granaries for food, bathhouses for washing and toilets (latrines). The bathhouses had heated rooms, through a hypocaust system, so were often away from the main fort buildings to avoid the risk of fire. Did you know that quite a few have been found in Scotland? Some have been excavated, and several are on display to the public and can be visited.