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Historic Scotland unveils dramatic new interpretation at Black Hill Roman camps

2 August 2012

The stories that make the Black Hill Roman camps so fascinating have been brought to life following an expert consultation with archaeologists, historians and other experts to create new interpretation at the site.

A colourful and dramatic illustration reconstructing this key era in the nation’s history has been installed at Black Hill, after months of meticulous research by Historic Scotland.

Specialists within and outside the agency contributed their expertise to the project, to produce an unparalleled resource that brings the story of the camp to life.

Interpretation Officer at Historic Scotland, Steve Farrar explained: “The new panel offers a surprising amount of detail. Artist Peter Lorimer has created a visually stunning and, as far as possible, historically accurate representation, based on current understanding.

“We have reframed the story of the Roman camps and have given visitors a view of the actual site where the largest army ever to invade Scotland pitched their tents.

“Within its ramparts the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, the world’s most powerful man at the time, slept protected by the Praetorian Guard.”

The panel features a digital reconstruction of the vast camp, which was the size of more than 70 football pitches and stretched across the ridge, sheltering more than 30,000 men. It was built in a single afternoon, some time between 208AD and 211AD.

Steve said: “Interpretation lies at the heart of Historic Scotland’s mission to present our built heritage effectively and imaginatively to visitors. The research that has gone into this new panel gives an added dimension to one of Scotland’s most important historic locations.”

Black Hill Roman camps are located half a mile north of Braco off the A822 Crieff Road, just past the junction with the B827 Comrie road.

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