NS8679 : Ditch of the Antonine Wall at Watling Lodge

taken 17 years ago, near to Camelon, Falkirk, Great Britain

Ditch of the Antonine Wall at Watling Lodge
Ditch of the Antonine Wall at Watling Lodge
This view is intended to complement an earlier photo, a view in the opposite direction: NS8679 : Antonine's Wall at Watling Lodge; the description accompanying that photo provides further information.

Watling Lodge was the site of a gate through the Antonine Wall; the gate was protected by a fortlet.

The best-preserved portion of the ditch of the Antonine Wall lies near a present-day house called Watling Lodge. The nomination document proposing World Heritage status for the Antonine Wall says of this part of the wall:

"To the east of the house the ditch preserves almost its original profile of 12m wide by 4.5m deep, while the outer mound is particularly sharp because of the steep slope to the north. The rampart base is not visible, though it has been located through excavation. Generally, to the east of Watling Lodge the rampart was mostly constructed of clay(*); to the west it was of turf."

[(*) That is to say, earth (as opposed to turfs) revetted with clay: "although it is commonly stated that the Antonine Wall was built of turf, a considerable part of it was actually built of earth revetted by clay cheeks; turf cheeks are also known. Most of the eastern 16km (10 miles) from Watling Lodge to Bo'ness was constructed in this manner, although turf was used in certain places. Some earthen sections have also been recorded at the west end of the Wall" David J. Breeze in his book "The Antonine Wall" (2006).]

In this view, the rampart itself is on the left; as at other parts of the Antonine Wall, the material that was excavated when digging the ditch was tipped out on the northern side of the ditch (the right-hand side in this photo), forming the so-called upcast mound (or outer mound).

The Antonine Wall was granted World Heritage status in 2008, becoming incorporated into the trans-national "Frontiers of the Roman Empire" World Heritage Site.
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Date Taken
June 2001   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 6 January, 2010
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Historic sites and artefacts 
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Roman archaeological site   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 863 798 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.8739N 3:49.4758W
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