Hadrian

Giant statue of Hadrian unearthed

Parts of a huge, exquisitely carved statue of the Roman Emperor Hadrian have been found at an archaeological site in south-central Turkey. The original statue would have stood 4m-5m in height, experts estimate.His achievements include the massive wall built across the width of northern Britain which bears his name. Ruling Rome from AD117 to AD138; he was known as a great military administrator and is one of the so-called “five good emperors”.So far, the excavators have unearthed the head, foot and part of a leg.

Hadrian Historia Augusta

Hadrian’s Wall

Staffordshire Moorlands Pan

Update: Hadrian exhibition 

English were dedicated followers of French fashion 1,400 years ago

The British, it seems, have assiduously followed European fashion trends for years. It now turns out that it may have been for centuries.

Stylish Anglo-Saxon women, for example, wore front-fastening coats clasped with brooches that were common on the Continent at the time and would not be completely out of place on the catwalks of Paris today.

Penelope Walton Rogers is an archaeologist who has undertaken a significant study of Anglo-Saxon graves and settlements and come up with some surprising findings.

Evidence pieced together from more than 1,700 graves shows that followers of fashion in the middle of the 6th century wore outfits typical of northern France and territories west of the Rhine.

Anglo-Saxon laboratory

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