In Northumberland, near Brampton, in northern England, in the 1980s, 1800-year-old inscriptions made by Roman soldiers were discovered. Researchers finally managed to photograph them for 3D visualization.
This kind of graffiti consisting of inscriptions and drawings was made on a rock at a height of about 9 meters. The stone used to build the Hadrian’s wall was obtained from this place. The engraved inscriptions “reveal” soldiers of the II and XX legion, who served in the quarry obtaining material for the construction and repair of the embankment; their names include Agricola and Mercatius. One of the engraved faces may show (according to researchers) some water deity that was supposed to protect soldiers during hard work.
The names of the consuls who were in Britain in 207 CE were also placed on the wall – it allows us to know precisely when it took place. According to specialists, this is the only known Roman quarry that can be associated with a specific year.
In addition, another face was carved in the stone, which belonged to a certain Apollonius with the note “this is me”.
Completed 3D visualizations can be viewed here (you can search for them using the word “Gelt”).