Hadrian's Wall is the most well known surviving frontier of the Roman Empire and is the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain. The Hadrian's Wall NMP project, mapped the whole of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site and its setting zone. The data provides a comprehensive archaeological record, which will aid the management and conservation of the World Heritage Site and the landscape around it.
The results of the project have been incorporated into the recently published archaeological map of Hadrian's Wall.
Background to the project
The 2002-2007 Management Plan for Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site highlighted 'the need for adequate and improved information and understanding of the history, development and present use of the World Heritage Site (WHS) and its setting'. The NMP mapping enhances the understanding of the Wall in its wider landscape context and will aid future management and conservation of the WHS.
The project area extends from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway and along the Cumbrian coastal defences as far south as Maryport. It includes the Wall structures and archaeology of all periods within a broad band, up to 15km wide. The project area of 1693km2 spans the counties of Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
As well as the Wall itself and associated military structures, such as the vallum, forts, milecastles and turrets, the mapping has also recorded the extensive non-Roman remains. These range in date from the Neolithic to the twentieth century.
The project examined over 27,000 aerial photographs, ranging in date from 1930 to 2006. Historic photography dating from the 1930s and mid-1940s proved valuable, often revealing earthworks that have since been levelled or severely denuded.
The images used on this page are copyright English Heritage unless specified otherwise. For further details of any photographs or other images and for copies of these, or the plans and reports related to the project please contact the English Heritage Archive.
For further information on a project or any other aspect of the work of the Aerial Survey team please contact us via email using the link above.
This project has now been completed and the detailed web pages below will be altered shortly to reflect the results.