Antonine Wall nominated as World Heritage Site (UK)

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- Britain has nominated the Antonine Wall in Scotland, the furthest northwest boundary of the Roman Empire, as a World Heritage Site, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said on Tuesday.

The 37-mile wall was built between 142 and 144 AD by Antoninus Pius who succeeded another famous wall-builder, Hadrian, as Emperor of Rome in 138 AD.

But his construction between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde -- the narrowest portion of lowland Scotland -- was less solid than his predecessor's, being built of turf on a stone foundation and fronted by a 12-foot deep ditch.

It was abandoned after only 20 years when the Romans withdrew to the safety of Hadrian's Wall some 80 miles further south in Northumberland.

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