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Archaeologist: Wade’s Road in Scotland a “Friday Job”

Roads built in the 1700s to suppress rebellion inthe Highlands of Scotland were not always made to the exacting standards of their famous engineer, General George Wade.

The removal of peat appeared to have been given up on when the soldiers were only inches from reaching the bottom where there was rock and peddles.

Mr Lewis said investigations of military roads elsewhere in Scotland have shown they were not always constructed to Wade’s basic plan.

He said that the Kingshouse part may have been a “Friday job”, which usually means a task done hastily with the workers’ focus on the weekend rather than the chore at hand.

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