Arbeia Society 27th Annual Conference 2018
HADRIAN’S WALL BEFORE THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS: ITS STUDY IN THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES
Saturday 17th November 2018
Much of our knowledge of Hadrian’s Wall depends on the work of antiquaries. This year’s conference looks at their contribution, following the publication of John Horsley’s Britannia Romana in 1732, which included a full description of what was then known as the Roman Wall. From 1840 onwards the pace of research increased, and new accounts were published by John Hodgson and John Collingwood Bruce. By the end of the nineteenth century the study of the Wall had become more systematic and began to be taken over by archaeologists. The conference will look at the careers and motivations of a wide range of antiquarians, ranging from great figures such as Hodgson, Clayton and Bruce to others who are less well-known but whose work was still important. Something will also be said about the wider impact of their discoveries.
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