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9.7.08
  Antonine Wall World Heritage

Since several readers alerted me of the great news, I thought I'd post myself as well. The Antonine Wall, Rome's nothernmost frontier in Scotland, has received World Heritage status.

From the article:
Falkirk councillor, Adrian Mahoney said: "Gaining world heritage status is a major achievement and there are so many new opportunities to maximise the benefit to our local area in the future."

I hope he will not only see the money but also the responsibility that goes with the acknowledgment, and clean the sites of empty coke bins and other trash a bit more often than I've seen on some sites in Wales.

Too bad I have no picture to accompany the news. A good reason to go and have a look and take some photos, isn't it? And visit some more places in Scotland I missed last time, while I'm at it. *grin* Geez, my father will kill me if I tell him I want to travel to the UK again next year. ;)
 
Comments:
If you wait until 2010, I might be able to meet you in London. :)
 
Ann, I won't go via London. The best way for me to travel to the nothern part of the island is the Amsterdam/Newcastle ferry. I don't like flying any longer since they've come up with all those new laws, and I hate Heathrow airport.
 
Gabriele - there's nothing worse than seeing rubbish everywhere. We have a thermal area here in NZ, and once when I peered down a mudhole it was full of coke cans. Not good.

It's good news about the wall.
 
I could always meet you in Newcastle. :) Besides, I'd probably try to fly into Gatwick. But it doesn't even have to be London, whichever city had the cheapest fares.
 
Oh, I forgot to mention. I did the 100 books meme (with comments- of course). :)
 
As did Joggins Nova Scotia.
 
Hi Gabrielle

Thanks for mentioning my quote about the World Heritage Status. I completely agree that World Heritage Sites need to be looked after - and all the partners involved with the Antonine Wall are taking steps to protect it as much as we can.

Of course, we also need visitors to be respectful and take any litter home with them too!

My role on the Council is also the environmental convener, so I actually took part in a litter clean-up around the Antonine Wall in my area just a few weeks ago.

There's no excuse for leaving litter, particularly beside important ancient monuments and clean-ups try to educate people and encourage them to be more environmentally aware.

I hope people will come and find out more about the Antonine Wall. We have two excellent museums in the Falkirk area - at Kinneil, Bo'ness, and in Falkirk at Callendar House. Both are near Wall sites.

For details on these and information on where to walk the Wall, visit www.falkirkonline.net/antoninewall

Best wishes
CLLR ADRIAN MAHONEY
Convener of Environment and Heritage
Falkirk Council
 
Shelley, some people should be hanged and quartered. :)

Ann, let's see. It may prove difficult to align two travel schedules to overlap at some point. ;) The blog friends I met in Wales are UK residents which made it easier.
 
Mr. Mahoney, thank you for visiting my blog.

I fully agree with you that visitors should be respectful and not sprinkle their litter around. Unfortunately, some don't care, in the UK as well as Germany. What struck me during my last visits was that there's overall less litter in Germany, which doesn't say there is none at all, or that there are no nice, clean places in the UK.

I don't know how it is handled at the Antonine Wall, but I often missed litter boxes in Wales. For example there were some bottles lying around in the Caerleon arena. I really wanted to take those offending objects to the next litter box but there was none, so I had to hide them behind a boulder where they would not be in the photos, and later informed the staff at the nearby museum.

Perhaps a funny little comic about a legionary who drops his litter in the trench and has to do extra guard service may get the kids to pay attention. Just thinking aloud here. :)

I have the Antonine Wall high up on my list of places to see. Some of the places near it, like Falkirk, have more history to offer in addition to the Roman times. Now I only need some money. ;)

Gabriele
 
I don't remember seeing much litter at any of the Antonine sites I've visited, but then again, it's been a while. Hopefully this World Heritage thing will mean a greater focus on problems such as litter, in the interests of preservation. It shouldn't cost too much to set up a few bins, surely?

(Been a while since I've visited... and I practically live on the damn Wall. That's shocking, that is. *cringe*)
 
This is wonderful news.
 
Kirsten, the worst combination for the accumulation of litter is an open Roman site in or near a town. Caerleon and Chester definitely get the worst marks there, followed by Segedunum. And in Chester, litter was to be found not only in the amphitheatre. :(

The castles are mostly locked at night so people can't use them as party ground like the obviously do with the Caerleon arena, and places where you can get only by car are less intersting, it seems. So in those cases you only have to deal with the litter tourists leave behind, and they tend to feel watched and not drop everything. ;)
 
I see you got a visit from Adrian Mahoney, which is more than I got, Gabriele!
 
If you go by ferry you must post photos of the journey.

Historical places of significance need recognition to be kept for future generations. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
 
Antoninus, you're too obscure. You should leave that villa of yours and walk around among people a bit more. ;) I suppose Google comes up with blogs first that get more hits, comments or whatever, and I've built me a fanbase. *grin*

Barbara, I always use the ferry, so there are some pics. :)
 
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