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Hey Matt. "Gate" is one of those weird ones. Can mean both the modern gate, or street/way/thoroughfare. Then throw in the wacky Northumbrian dialect... ;)

I think the Stanegate would have to have been a proper stone-laid street. I mean, it was at the edge of hostile lands, and it was -the- link between all those forts. I'm sure they needed a road that could handle fast & efficient troop traffic.

If that tablet was written in ~100 AD, the road was, what, 20-30 years old. And the Romans were building it to Mediterranean specs, with little experience of Northumbrian winters! Must have deteriorated something fierce in all that time! Kind of like Maine roads still do today. :lol:

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