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Hadrian's WallA Life$
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Richard Hingley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641413.001.0001

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The Roman Gate at Hunnum (Halton Chesters): Ethnographic Time

The Roman Gate at Hunnum (Halton Chesters): Ethnographic Time

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Hadrian's Wall

Richard Hingley

Oxford University Press

This chapter first addresses the writings of Robert Henry Forster, who called himself an ‘Amateur Antiquary’. Despite his claim to amateur status, Forster combined an interest in creative writing with considerable skills as an archaeological excavator and made a significant contribution to the Edwardian excavations at Corbridge. The discussion then turns to Rudyard Kipling' very different account of the Wall, but one that also aimed to bring the remains of the monument to life.

Keywords:   Robert Henry Forster, amateur antiquary, Edwardian excavations, Rudyard Kipling, ancient monuments, Hadrian's Wall

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