As a nice break from writing romance, I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge. The information hound I am is really enjoying it too! For the month of April, I’ll write a post for each letter of the alphabet. This excludes Sundays, but I’ll use those for the Sneak Peek. Follow this link to nearly 2000 other bloggers and authors.
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Today’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter H — H for Hadrian’s Wall.
Between northern England and Scotland, running east and west for about 74 miles, Hadrian’s Wall marked the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire. Named for Emperor Hadrian, it was an attempt to establish a defendable border between southern civilized Britain and the unconquered north. Manned by Roman troops and non-Roman citizen units, the barrier kept the barbarians away. These fearsome peoples were also known as the Picts or Caledonians. You might know them as the lowland Scots.
The initial construction took approximately six years, though expansions were made as need presented itself. Like the Great Wall of China, the wall was constructed of the ready materials of the area. Forty-one miles of the wall was built of stone, the rest of turf. Along the way, ditches were dug and ramparts raised, milecastles were added to house soldiers, and turrets were constructed to defend from.
The fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century ushered in the beginning of the Dark Ages. Large sections of the wall fell to ruin, and the necessity to obsolescence. Over time, portions were scavenged for building materials. This piece of Roman occupation was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
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