ARCHAEOLOGISTS surveying the world’s most northerly Roman fort have found an ancient pub.
The discovery, outside the walls of the fort at
Stracathro, near Brechin, Angus, could challenge the long-held
assumption that Caledonian tribes would never have rubbed shoulders with
the Roman invaders.
Indeed, it lends support to the existence of
a more complicated and convivial relationship than previously
envisaged, akin to that enjoyed with his patrician masters by the
wine-swilling slave Lurcio, played by comedy legend Frankie Howerd, in
the classic late 1970s television show Up Pompeii!.
Stracathro Fort was at the end of the Gask Ridge, a line of forts and watchtowers stretching from Doune, near Stirling.
The system is thought to be the earliest Roman land frontier, built around AD70 – 50 years before Hadrian’s Wall.