Scotland has more Roman camps than any other European country

Published on November 20th, 2009 | by Admin


Scotland has traces of at least 225 Roman military camps, more than any other European country.

Archeologists have been mapping Roman sites in Scotland since the 18th century, and aerial surveys began in the 1920s. Now remote sensing technology featured in TV programmes such as Time Team can detect ancient features below the ground.

They can be spotted today mostly from the air, where the distinctive bank and ditch defences thrown up by the legionaries still mark the land.

Archeological experts at Historic Scotland are now setting out to identify important archeological sites that do not have “scheduled” status to protect them from development or unauthorised digging.

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