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Edges of Empire

Edges of Empire

4 Episodes

Tristan Hughes goes on a journey along Hadrian's Wall, visiting some of its greatest sites. Meeting experts to learn more about the Wall's history and the ground-breaking new archaeological discoveries, that continue to tell us more about what life must have been like on this far-flung frontier almost 2,000 years ago.

Edges of Empire
  • Vindolanda: Jewel of the North

    Episode 1

    Situated roughly two miles south of Hadrian's Wall in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, Vindolanda is home to some of the most remarkable archaeology from Roman Britain. Its history spans several centuries; it is a must see site for anyone wanting to know more about the ancient history...

  • Building the Wall

    Episode 2

    Tristan Hughes looks into the construction of Hadrian's Wall and the many mysteries that still abound. Featuring Frances McIntosh, curator at Hadrian's Wall.

  • Settlement and Supply

    Episode 3

    Tristan Hughes visits two must see sites, situated near Hadrian's Wall. South Shields Roman Fort, at the mouth of the River Tyne, and Corbridge, the northernmost town in the Roman Empire.

  • Life on the Wall

    Episode 4

    In this episode, Tristan Hughes visits two key sites along Hadrian’s Wall that can tell us more about everyday life on this far flung frontier, with a particular focus on hygiene and worship. First on the list is Chesters Roman Fort. Described as one of the most complete cavalry forts that surviv...