Dr. Nick Hodgson is Principal Keeper of Archaeology for Tyne & Wear Museums Archaeology. Since 1996 he has managed large-scale excavations and post-excavation projects at Segedunum (Wallsend) and Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, which have which included archaeology, reconstruction, and museum redevelopment to a value of £1,000,000 in each case. He has published a monograph on the excavations at Wallsend and 35 other archaeological reports or papers.
Segedunum, which means ‘Strong Fort’, was built to guard the eastern end of the Wall, and housed 600 Roman soldiers. It stood for almost 300 years as a symbol of Roman rule and a bastion against barbarian attack.
Today, Segedunum is once again a major site on Hadrian’s Wall. It is the most excavated fort along the Wall with surviving foundations of many buildings and part of the Wall itself. There is a large interactive museum plus full-scale reconstructions of a bath house and a section of Wall. The 35 metre high viewing tower provides outstanding views across this World Heritage Site.
We look forward to welcoming Nick to Aldborough and finding out more about Segedunum and also to him giving us a tour of the site when we visit in July.
Dr John Creighton is Head of Archaeology at the University of Reading. His research centres upon Later Iron Age and Early Roman NW Europe and his fieldwork has included work in Britain, France, Germany and Spain. John was Director of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2010 – 16) and he has been a trustee of the Royal Archaeological Institute and the Society for the Promotion or Roman Studies.
Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum) is a Roman town just south of Reading in Hampshire. John recently led a large field survey and digitisation project of the Roman town and subsequently wrote ‘Silchester: changing visions of a Roman Town’ (2016).
This project sought to provide a new overview of past work done at the site. Over 250 hectares were surveyed with high resolution gradiometery and other methods including resistivity, ground penetrating radar and gamma-ray detection. This, together with aerial photography, fieldwalking and LiDAR, has revealed significant new information about the defences, the military connection, the mortuary landscape, trade and industry, and public entertainment.
We look forward to finding out more about Silchester and comparing it to what has been discovered about Roman Aldborough in recent years.