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Entirely possible, Harry. Journalistic integrity in those days meant something very different than ... uhh, errr... well, let's not go there. :-)

In any event, it does strain credulity that a bona fide eyewitness would mistake the hypocaust for a "prison cell", particular if the person in question had any experience with Roman ruins, which Hutton presumably had.

As for the state of the fort, I wonder, what a visitor in 1801 would actually have been able to see on the surface?
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