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What's This? (or, bad archeology from orbit)
Topic Started: Aug 3 2009, 01:26 AM (390 Views)
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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Hi All,

It is the small one, not the big one, and it could well have been occupied at any point during the 350 years of Roman occupation. The size suggests a detachment rather than full regiment, probably only a couple of hundred soldiers at most (if that). The only way to work out when it was in use would be to excavate the ditches and see if any material culture was deposited within them or to find any rubbish pits dug by the soldiers. It is possible that some camps were used many times, as were a few in Scotland that have been examined, after all, why dig the ditch and make a bank twice? As for how long on each stint, the conventional thinking is overnight or for a few days only.

There is a camp almost exactly the same size to the immediate east of the old repeater station, which is east of Housesteads and to the south of the military Road (the modern one :-) c18th century.

All the best,

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