Keys to the Past

Chesters Roman bridge abutments (Humshaugh; Wall)

Hadrian's Wall and the Military Way Roman road crossed the River North Tyne on a bridge. The abutments and piers of this monumental bridge survive on the banks and in the river bed. When archaeologists excavated here in 1990, they discovered the bridge had two phases; the first bridge was built in the reign of Hadrian in the second century and a second, larger bridge was built in the third century. One of the blocks of stone in the bridge abutment is carved with three cup marks and must have come from a prehistoric monument somewhere nearby. The bridge abutments have been consolidated and are on display to visitors. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N9275
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1967; D Smith
ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLING, Chesters Roman Bridge abutment - carbonised plant remains 1993; Ancient Monuments Laboratory
GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY, Magnetic and resistance geophysical survey at Chesters Roman Fort, Chollerford 2003; TIMESCAPE RESEARCH SURVEYS
TRIAL TRENCH, Chesters Roman Fort 2010; Archaeological Services Durham University
WATCHING BRIEF, Chesters Roman Fort Bath House, Northumberland: Archaeological Watching Brief 2012; TWM Archaeology
FIELD OBSERVATION (MONITORING), Tynedale Rock Art Project 2017; Tynedale Archaeology Group

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Wall
Local History of Humshaugh

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