The Caledonians Are Coming!
Today the view from the remains of a fortress tower or mile castle along the Hadrian's Wall shows a peaceful scenery.
View from the ruins of a mile castle near Birdoswald
Back when the towers still stood proud, a Roman sentinel on guard service may have seen something else.
Damn, not another bunch of those ill tempered Caledonian Celts! Exhibition at Birdoswald fortress
Hm, looks like they got some reinforcements from the continent. Some of those guys are really blond. Or is that our Batavian auxiliary? You never know what side they
are on.*Miniatures; Roman Army Museum
Some poor sod must have lost his sword. If the centurion sees all that rust, the guy will be in big trouble.Roman sword; Roman Army Museum
And that's what is left behind today. A wall to keep the tourists and their money in.Remains of the Hadrian's Wall near Birdoswald
* To be just, the Batavians were on the Roman side most of the time, except for that one big mutiny in 69 AD.
Not traveling around in the dark months of winter has its advantages; I finally manage to post some of my older photos. I take too many, that's the problem. ;)