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Hadrians Wall  

This section of the Hadrians Wall exists at West Denton, alongside the A69 on the approach to Newcastle upon Tyne.
The wall is seen here not long after its construction in AD 130 and can be seen stretching away into the far distance with Benwell Fort just appearing over the horizon.
In the middle distance you can see Denton Hall Turret.

To the right of the image (the south side of the wall) you can see a wide ditch, with flanking mounds.
This was known as the Vallum and ran parallel along the entire length of the wall as did a second, closer ditch, on the north side.
The soldiers illustrated here are Auxillaries (locals fighting for Rome) and are clothed in the customary uniform from this period and region.
Their shields are shown with protective leather covers.

Here below is the same view but with 1,880 years between. Use the slider to compare the two.
The image will be permanently installed early 2019 as an information board for English Heritage
It will be sited alongside the existing ruin where the two views can be compared.