On 20 May, as part of the Festival of Museums, we will be launching the beginning of a programme of events focused on the World Heritage Site of the Antonine Wall, which will include an exhibition in Callendar House, talks, real and simulated excavations, re-enactments and children’s activities.
The exhibition will illustrate the ability of the Roman army to adapt physical frontiers to the geographical and topographical setting wherever they occurred in the Empire.
The central feature will be a full scale representation of the linear frontier barrier on the Antonine Wall – berm, ditch and upcast mound – with the latest understanding of how complex each of these forms of passive defence was based upon the most recent research.
Objects on display will include the famous Roman whistling lead slingshot from Burnswark – a weapon designed to strike terror into the enemy – on loan from Dumfries Council.
The splendid griffin figurine that provided the crest of a Roman cavalry helmet, found at Polmont, will be on display for the first time ever. And on the native side we have the exquisitely enamelled terret ring from a chariot found by a metal detectorist at Airth. The Trust’s archaeologist will be giving visitors guided tours around the displays every fortnight.
One of the featured talks will be by Dr John Reid who recently appeared on the television programme “Digging Britain” excavating at the hill fort at Burnswark. His subject will be the Ballistic Capabilities of the Roman Army; a new spin on Roman weaponry.
The use of new technology to record the Antonine Wall is prominent in the exhibition with three-dimensional scans of objects in the Museum collection, as well as a brand new computer game designed for Historic Environment Scotland.
Accessibility – Callendar House
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Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR
Saturday 20 May - Sunday 29 October