Part of Hadrian’s Wall uncovered in Newcastle city center | Newcastle
A section of Hadrian’s Wall, believed to be 1,900 years old, was discovered in Newcastle city center during routine work on a water pipe.
The three-meter structure is believed to have been built during the early phases of the historic Roman wall, dating back to around 120 AD. The find was made about 50cm underground by workers replacing a water pipe under one of Newcastle’s busiest roads.
Hadrian’s Wall was known to run through Newcastle as part of its 73 mile stretch from Wallsend on the River Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria. Its exact location, however, remained a mystery.
Northumbrian Water workers discovered the structure on West Road, near the Two Ball Lonnen roundabout, just outside Newcastle city center. A “buffer” would be installed around the historic find to allow water work to continue, the company said.
Philippa Hunter of Archaeological Research Services said: “Although the route of Hadrian’s Wall is fairly well documented in this part of town, it is always exciting to come across the remains of the wall and have the opportunity to see it. learn more about this internationally important site.
“This is especially true in this case where we believe we have uncovered part of the first phase of the wall. “
The newly discovered stretch of wall was constructed using large blocks of stone, allowing historians to trace it back to the early days of construction, as later stages used smaller pieces.
The first sections of the wall are believed to have been built around 122 AD, when Emperor Hadrian visited Britain and built what became the northwestern border of the Roman Empire for the next 300 years.
Graeme Ridley, Project Manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “It’s amazing that we were able to make this brilliant discovery, and we are happy to be working with Archaeological Research Services to ensure it is properly protected in the future. .
“This is an incredibly special part of the Northeast’s heritage and we are honored to be a part of it. “
Hadrian’s Wall is the most visible and well-known land border in the Roman Empire, with parts visible for miles across northern England. The structure was even famous in its day, inspiring memories such as small pots with the names of its forts. The wall was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.