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Romans, Rivers and Valleys

On a visit to the huge Roman camp near Cupar on the River Eden, I wondered how the Romans managed to get goods and supplies to the forts and camps that were not near any known Roman roads. Using QGIS software I was able to map every Roman fort and Camp in Scotland to find that nearly every one was on a river. It is known that the Romans shipped goods up such rivers on small barges. ( An interactive map Find Romans in Your Area lets you zoom in)

Stirling and Fife forts (red triangles), camps, rivers and hills. Map Courtesy of NLS
Strathmore forts (red triangles), camps, rivers and hills. Map Courtesy of NLS
Antonine Wall forts (red triangles), camps, rivers and hills. Map Courtesy of NLS
Dumfries forts (red triangles), camps, rivers and hills. Map Courtesy of NLS
Lothian and Borders forts (red triangles), camps, rivers and hills. Map Courtesy of NLS
Moray forts (red triangles), camps, rivers and hills. Map Courtesy of NLS

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