Hadrian’s Wall trench intended as road

Archaeologist Geoff Carter has proposed a controversial new theory concerning the trench that runs south of Hadrian's Wall: It was intended to be a Roman road, linking the forts that were part of the wall complex.

Carter believes that the 6m wide and up to 3m deep road construction project was begun, and left unfinished because of expense. Geoff said: “If we accept the vallum was a military road, abandoned during construction, then it adds further weight to the arguments that the building of Hadrian’s Wall was interrupted, and then scaled down when work was resumed."