Marching on Edinburgh: The Romans in the Lothians

The Lothians played a key role in the Roman invasion of Scotland. By examining the archaeological record, the course will take a critical view of what we know about activity in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and will help them develop an informed view of what the Romans were doing in the area.

  • Critically examine Roman finds/evidence within Edinburgh and East Lothian ;
  • Identify key components of Roman activity at Cramond and Inveresk;
  • Analyse different types of evidence (i.e. documentary and physical, primary and secondary) and draw reasonable conclusions;
  • Formulate an informed view of Roman activity and interaction in the region.

Marching on Edinburgh: The Romans in the Lothians

Inveresk Parish Church and Cramond Parish Church
Start date
2 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Thu 27 & Fri 28 July, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Subject Area
Andrew Tibbs
Inveresk Parish Church and Cramond Parish Church
Time of Day

Day 1 - Inveresk 

  • The Romans are coming
  • The Romans are missing?
  • What is a fort?
  • Discovering Roman Inveresk
  • The Romans at Inveresk (Tour)

Day 2 – Cramond 

  • The Antonine Period
  • Romans in Edinburgh 
  • Discovering Roman Cramond
  • The Romans at Cramond (Tour)

For a more detailed outline of the course content, please click 'Book Course'.

This course will be taught using a mixture of presentation, use of various different types of evidence (written and physical), class discussion and participation, and a guided tour around Cramond. Easy walk on uneven ground with frequent stops.

Core Readings

A short course reader and handouts will be provided.

Class Handouts

A summary of key evidence discussed, will be available for distribution.

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