Roman experts head to Newcastle University for conference
THE richness of the North East’s Roman heritage will be on show this month to delegates from 25 countries.
A total of 320 archaeologists and historians from nations with Roman frontiers and also as far afield as the United States, South Africa, Australia and Jordan will be at Newcastle University from August 17 to 21.
There will be 180 papers presented at the 21st International Limes Congress.
Limes is the Roman term for frontier and the major event will be returning to Newcastle 60 years after the city hosted the first congress.
In 1949, German archaeologists were invited to the congress as part of the “normalisation” process after the Second World War.
The latest congress is being organised by Tyne Wear Archives and Museums.
Although there will be a special tour of Hadrian’s Wall sites for delegates, the aim is to showcase the many other Roman attractions in the North.
“We will be trying to show people the remarkable richness of Roman sites beyond Hadrian’s Wall,” said Paul Bidwell, congress secretary and head of archaeology at TWAMS.