November 6, 2002 - Technology Shed's Light On Romans In Stirling

A NEW TV programme will use aerial archaeology to shed light on the ancient Roman Empire’s first frontier which ran between Stirling and Perth.

BBC Two Scotland’s ‘Time Flyers’ show takes an original perspective on some of the most famous and important archeological sites of Britain.  Experts Mark Horton, Bristol University’s head of archaeology, dig archaeologist Jo Caruth and Dave MacLeod, an aerial archaeologist with English Heritage, have been intrigued by Stirling’s spectacular and gory past.Building the Antoine Wall

The ‘Time Flyers’ team will try to tackle the 2000-year-old mysteries surrounding Rome’s first attempt to mark its northern edge and deter barbarian hordes.  The program, will shed light on the Romans and the ancient Caledonian tribes around Stirling.

A BBC spokesperson said: "Unlike other popular programmes on archaeology, this series reveals Britain’s history from above.  Using the latest techniques of aerial archaeology combined with dig excavations on the ground the Time Flyers team investigates exciting mysteries that have baffled researchers for decades.

This film explores the first Roman frontier that was ever built.  It wasn't on the Danube, it wasn't in Asia minor, in fact it was between Stirling and Perth in Scotland.  The team investigates the astonishing collection of forts, watch towers and Roman roads in the area, many of which have only been spotted in the air.

In the process the team is altering the conventional story of the Romans in Britain and their relationship with the local iron age Britons.  Contrary to popular belief, the Romans made peace as often as they waged war.  Even when physical remains are long gone, outlines of past constructions are often seen through spectacular crop marks and scars on the landscape.          

Using this evidence, the archaeologists will analyze the Stirling-Perth frontier from the air with the latest space-age technology.