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Hadrian's Wall - "The Borders was the most fortified and un-governable region in Europe. At one stage Queen Elizabeth I had ideas about re-instating Hadrian’s Wall as a buffer against the lawless northern edge of her realm. The Borderers were rugged and tough and enforced their own brutal code of conduct. They had no allegiance to either Scotland or England and changed sides at will. Their loyalty was to their clan. They became known as the Border Reivers." quote fm Borders Tourist Network.

Hadrian's Wall - SkyscraperCity

Stone Heart by ann j p, via Flickr

Amazing narrow stone path, definitely not for the claustrophobic

stone man

More fabulous viking artifacts from the Historisk Museum-- This photo is a selection of loom weights; the linked page also has photos of spindle whorls, swords, glasswork, and keys

Slate trial piece showing Urnes style animal interlace, from Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland.From the collection of the British Museum, London, England. Urnes Style. This latest and final style of Viking art dates from a little before 1050 until the early part of the twelfth century

Casting mould. Soapstone. The mould was probably used for casting dress pins using an overlay technique. Dress pins of this kind were usually gilded with silver or gold. Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden. SHM 8139:7

susan ryan. spiritstones

La Baux de Provence, France

HADRIAN'S WALL: a defensive fortification begun in 122 AD, during the rule of Roman emperor Hadrian, to keep the barbarian Scots out of Roman-occupied Britannia. It stretched across the width of Great Britain just south of the present day border with Scotland; it was the first of two such walls built across Great Britain.

Strange Rock This cool rock was at the backside of Painted Rock on the Carrizo plain. photo by Marc Briggs on flickr

fungus stone cairn