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INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures: Is this the end? Hadrian's Wall and the End of the Roman Empire by Dr Rob Collins

Dr Rob Collins, Project Manager to the Hadrian's Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP)

Date/Time: Thursday 28 May 2020, 17:30 - 18:00

What happens to a frontier when society collapses? Traditionally, it has been assumed that Roman soldiers were withdrawn from Britain for deployment elsewhere in the Roman Empire by AD 408, and that without these guardians, Roman civilization in Britain collapsed in the early decades of the 5th century AD. However, archaeological evidence has demonstrated a much more complex picture. This lecture will explore the evidence from Hadrian's Wall that shows life continued at some forts, and what that means for our understanding of the end of Roman Britain.