Cumbria On Line
Hadrian's Wall could link with past Limes
April 1st, 2005
Hadrian’s Wall already has world heritage status but has no links to the thousands of miles of ancient Roman boundary sites in countries like Austria, Slovakia and the Limes defences in Germany – 300 miles of forts and ditches.
The Romans built Hadrian’s Wall and defences across Europe almost 2,000 years ago to define the Empire and as a symbol of strength.
English Heritage officer Paul Austin, co-ordinator of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, said: “The old boundary stretches from the Solway Firth to Morocco and through 22 countries.
“If the bid is passed, it will trigger many more applications to become part of the new heritage site.”
It is hoped that stronger links with other sites will be built up and that each country will work together to develop their section of the wall.
One million people visit Hadrian’s Wall each year and it is estimated this will increase by 30 per cent over the next decade.
Mr Austin said: “Other countries will probably join this like a daisy chain. In a sense, it will be like seeing the wall built again.
“We will have a chance to influence how other parts of the Empire manage their remains.”
Other countries will take their lead from how Hadrian’s Wall has been developed and promoted.
The Hadrian's Wall