Today brought the Field School’s first long haul in the “EcoCab”, a mini-bus with seating for all eleven of us and more. The first stop was Newcastle’s Great North Museum, with a detailed look at the Roman exhibit therein. The Great North Museum houses artifacts from across the entire northern frontier, and so it served as a valuable introduction to the region and the discipline of Romano-British archaeology. A large-scale model of Hadrian’s Wall made the imminent trek over the Wall’s central sector seem far smaller than it truly is. Tomorrow’s 12 km hike will surely bring to life the frontier country in a way that no museum can.
Stay posted for more blogs coming soon on the city of Newcastle, and the nearby Arbeia Roman army fort!