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MBetz
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I wonder about the name of the road which predates the building of Hadrian's Wall and the future Military Way. Stanegate seems to be from Old English and defines as the stone opening, or even stone gate. My reading about the Stanegate frontier (or not frontier) often makes mention of the roadway and alludes to it being a Roman road. Does this mean a classic road paved in stone? I think the settlers after the Roman period may have called the road the "Stanegate" because of the milestone markers along the road and not because it was paved in stone. I was rereading "Band of Brothers" and reminded of the letter that says the road is in a terrible condition. What if the road is the Stanegate and was generally a dirt track with numerous milestone markers? Wouldn't this change how research plans must be developed to find the Stanegate? Is there any research published on archaeology of the Stanegate, the road, and not the frontier? Any further incite would be helpful.
Matt
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