Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Come and See Our Romans and Our Skies; REGION FEATURES TWICE IN TOP 10 MUST-SEE PLACES IN ENGLAND BY TOURIST BOARD

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Come and See Our Romans and Our Skies; REGION FEATURES TWICE IN TOP 10 MUST-SEE PLACES IN ENGLAND BY TOURIST BOARD

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Reporter

THE North East features twice in a top 10 of "unmissable" attractions in England in 2017.

The list has been drawn up by national tourist board Visit England, which is responsible for marketing the country.

It highlights the Hadrian's Wall Cavalry event from April 8-September 10, which will explore the role and daily life of the Roman army's cavalry forces in a wall-wide event happening from Maryport in the West to South Shields in the East. The Visit England line-up also features star-gazing in Northumberland, designated as an International Dark Sky Park which covers Europe's largest area of protected night sky at 572 square miles, making it officially the best place in England for people to enjoy the heavens.

The Hadrian's Wall event will showcase Roman cavalry objects including ornate helmets, armour and weapons on loan from national and international museums, which will be shown alongside objects from museums along the wall.

The museums include the British Museum, National Museums Scotland, the Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (France), Archaologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Wurttemberg/Limes Museum, Aalen, the Archaeological State Collection, Munich, the Landes-museum Wurttemberg, Stuttgart (Germany). Cavalry and part-mounted units were the elite of the auxiliary forces of the Roman army providing long-range reconnaissance, high-speed communications, shock tactics and mopping-up operations on the battlefield.

Venues and events will include: ARBEIA ROMAN FORT, SOUTH SHIELDS Uncovering cavalry - what archaeology tells us about Roman cavalry. New evidence about the equipment and daily lives of the cavalry stationed along Hadrian's Wall is constantly being uncovered by archaeological excavations, including those at Arbeia.

The exhibition consists of objects found in the barracks where the soldiers lived, and includes outstanding items from elsewhere in the Empire that match finds from the fort itself. …

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