NS5572 : New Kilpatrick Cemetery: base of the Antonine Wall

taken 6 years ago, near to Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

New Kilpatrick Cemetery: base of the Antonine Wall
New Kilpatrick Cemetery: base of the Antonine Wall
This is the more westerly of the two preserved and exposed sections of the base of the Antonine Wall that can be seen in New Kilpatrick Cemetery. It is also shown in NS5572 : One of two sections of the foundations of the Antonine Wall in New Kilpatrick Cemetery. For a closer look at the sign on the left, see NS5572 : The information board in the New Kilpatrick Cemetery.

(For the more easterly section, see NS5572 : New Kilpatrick Cemetery: base of the Antonine Wall, and other images that are linked from there; that exposed section is longer, and it is built on more level ground.)

Both exposed sections show a clear kerb at each side, and each also features a culvert. This westerly section, though, is built on a steeper slope than the other; for that reason, the stone base here also incorporates a sort of "step" (in the form of additional large cobbling built into the base of the Wall, evidently in order to make it more stable on this slope).

A discontinuity, running from left to right, spans the width of the Wall's stone base; it can be seen not far ahead; the stones on its near side are smaller than those behind it. This discontinuity is the lower end of the "step" that was mentioned above.

As for why the stones making up the base are smaller below that discontinuity, there is more than one possibility: for example, it has been suggested(*) that it may be the place where two different Roman-work squads, working on separate sections of the stone base, met up; or that it simply reflects a change in the materials that were available.

The culvert, a drainage channel built into the stone base, is a little further away, near the far end of this exposed section; it is shown separately: NS5572 : Culvert in stone base of the Antonine Wall.

The present picture was taken from the location of a bench; in fact, this is a view over the top of the bench.

For a view from the other end, see NS5572 : New Kilpatrick Cemetery: base of the Antonine Wall.

(*) On the "step", and for much more information, in general, on the two sections of the stone base that are exposed in this cemetery, see "The Antonine Wall at New Kilpatrick Cemetery, Bearsden" [Lawrence Keppie, Scottish Archaeological Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1/2 (2009), pp. 49-60].
New Kilpatrick Cemetery

The cemetery, also known as Hillfoot Cemetery, opened in 1903, and is on the northern side of Boclair Road. Between the Wars (c.1922), it was extended to the north. Its former lodge, at the SW corner, is now a private residence. The line of the Antonine Wall passes through the cemetery, changing direction near the crest of the hill, and two sections of the stone base of the Wall are preserved and open to view (one since 1903, the other since 1921). As mentioned in the cemetery's listing text LinkExternal link (at Historic Environment Scotland) the pathways in the cemetery's northern half were laid out to form the outline of a Roman centurion's helmet.

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Friday, 3 July, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 July, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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