This project analyses Romano-British sculpture from the hinterland of Hadrian’s Wall (defined as the counties of Northumberland south of the Stanegate, Tyne and Wear,County Durham, Cumbria, modern Lancashire and Derbyshire).
Five hundred and fifty stones have been identified in this region by the applicants. Of these 65 constitute Britain’s most elusive examples of sculpted stone from the Roman period; their location and/or condition has prevented detailed scholarly examination.
Undertaking structured light scans of these pieces will therefore be employed to support their analysis. The project will deliver the last outstanding British volume of the Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani, the authoritative reference series on Roman sculpture, and also complete synthetic studies of the production and distribution of sculpture beyond the major civil centres, the signature styles of individual craftspeople and the impact of stone availability on the range of objects created within the hinterland of Hadrian’s Wall.