Trip to the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow

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(Matthew Novenson) This week at the University of Edinburgh is Innovative Learning Week, a mid-term week set aside for a range of beyond-the-classroom academic opportunities. Among a number of offerings from the School of Divinity, Helen Bond and I are taking a group of undergraduate and postgraduate students to the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow. The main attraction for us is a special exhibition on the Antonine Wall, the lesser known, more northerly counterpart to Hadrian’s Wall. Built under the order of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius in the early 140s C.E., the wall crosses Scotland from the Clyde in the west to the Forth in the east. Remains of it are still visible here and there across the central belt, and the Hunterian has a number of very well preserved milestones, votive altars, and other Roman artifacts from the construction. We also plan to see the museum’s collection of Ptolemaic and Roman coins (including some Tyrian shekels and Judaea capta coins) and artifacts from John Garstang’s excavation of Jericho in the 1930s, among other things. In short, lots of material remains pertinent to ancient Jewish and Christian history, right here in Scotland. 

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