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This is the End, My Friend...; All about the Fourth Century and Beyond
Topic Started: May 15 2009, 11:01 AM (252 Views)
ericjacobson
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A question for Andy, Justin and anyone else:

What do we know of the fourth century occupation and beyond? From what I've read on other locations, garrison strengths tended to attenuate markedly from the third century onward. The thrust of my very general query is this:

Do we have any evidence at Vindolanda as to the nature of the fourth century garrison? We know 'who' they were, but is there any evidence, pro or con, of diminished occupation (a smaller garrison) from the evidence? I know that sounds somewhat absurd, but I was just wondering if we see any sign of the garrison, eg, living outside the fort itself (perhaps as farmers), or fewer coin finds, etc, etc.

I'm curious because the record elsewhere appears to indicate a general degradation in both garrison strength and capability (ie, the 'limitanei') on other frontiers, and I'm wondering what, if anything, the evidence may be from this period.

Please feel free to tell me to just shut up; I know this is a very abstruse question which may not be susceptible to any sort of answer!
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