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The Stanegate milestones
Topic Started: Nov 6 2006, 11:24 PM (1,332 Views)
SacoHarry
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As you may know, Vindolanda is one of the few places in Britain where portions of two consecutive Roman milestones are still in situ and visible. The most impressive lies on the track behind the museum. But the stump of a second is visible near the intersection of the Stanegate with the Once Brewed road. You likely walk/ride/drive by it every day on the way to & from the site.

Into the 19th Century, this milestone stood to its full height, and bore an inscription recorded by Horsley in 1725 as BONO REIPUBLICAE NATO ("To him who was born for the good of the State"). Unfortunately, around 1815 the upper part was broken up and split to make a pair of gateposts!

(Information gathered from Keys to the Past)
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If only the Vindolanda example was still around. It'd be nice to see if the lettering style matched. Is it strange that neither inscription seemed to have any sign of the specific Emperor/official being honored?

I love Escomb church; It's a great side drive for folks looking for something to do in an evening. About an hour's drive SE of Vindolanda. Not too many chances in England to stand inside an intact 1300-year-old building!

- Harry
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