SCOTLAND’S Roman past will be remembered thanks to a share of £2 million in lottery funding.

The money will help bring communities together along the Antonine Wall in central Scotland and Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Replica distance markets based on Roman originals will be placed around the 63km Antonine Wall to help young people learn more about the past.

Five Roman play areas will also be created at other sites near the wall for children to explore.

And a programme of 30 community-designed projects, such as a Scouts Big Roman Camp Out and a Roman-inspired community garden, will take place across the five local authorities the wall passes through.

Emma McMullen, Antonine Wall Heritage Lottery Fund Project Manager, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support our £2.1m Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project over the next three years.

“This will give us the opportunity to work with communities along the length of the wall to better engage them with their Roman heritage, along with creating facilities that will help to promote the Antonine Wall to visitors.

“The funding will also allow us to work with colleagues at Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes to share ideas.”

Elsewhere, a National Lottery grant of £1.17m will enable experts at Newcastle University to work with community volunteers to help protect, preserve and interpret Hadrian’s Wall.

Some locations are at risk from threats such as severe weather, tourism and invasive plant species, including Roman cemeteries.