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Images relating to the Classical and Roman period.


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A excellent reconstruction of the imposing 2 passage gatehouse which might once have stood on that spot at Arbeia Roman Fort
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK. October 2007

A reconstruction of a century barracks with separate rooms for each contubernuim of the century with a larger room at the end for the Centurion.
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK. October 2007

A view from the veranda of the reconstructed Commanders House at Arbeia
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK. October 2007

A view from the top of the reconstructed gatehouse of the plan of part of the fort which has been excavated. The large granaries which Arbeia was re-modeled to house as it's primary function can be seen in the foreground and to the upper right. The P...
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK. October 2007

A close-up of the beautifully preserved hypocaust or under-floor heating supports from the main Commandants house or Praetorium at Chesters. A furnace, tended by a slave, would have been built in the walls with chimneys directing hot air around these...
Chesters Roman Fort, near Hexham, Northumberland. May 2005.

The remains of the eastern gate of the fort at Chesters
Chesters Roman Fort, near Hexham, Northumberland. May 2005.

The best preserved set of Roman 2nd century cavalry barracks on Hadrians wall can be seen at Chesters. Here the row of mess rooms can be seen, which faced a matching set across a paved street and fronted by a veranda. The officers quarters would have...
Chesters Roman Fort, near Hexham, Northumberland. May 2005.

The Roman wall which runs from Newcastle in the east to Carlisle in the west was not build to a consistent plan. Initially it was intended to build it all 3 metres (10 feet) wide but this plan was changed and most was built to a narrower design. This...
Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, UK. May 2008

An excavated infantry barracks, clearly showing the separate rooms which would have accomodated up to 8 soldiers.
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

A monument built at the eastern most end of Hadrians Wall at the fort and museum of Segedunum. It is based on names from Century stones found along the length of the wall recording the Centurions in charge of the work parties on the construction.
Segedunum, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England. June 2004

The "Cornicen" (horn player) carried and played the large curved horn used for signalling in a similar way to the bugle of later armies. As an officer, he wears a more flamboyant uniform including and animal skin headdress. Members of the Ermine S...
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

Clearly shows the pillars for the raised floor (not a hypocaust) to keep the valuable grain and stores out of the damp.
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

The large, deep trenches to the left and right would have been covered with long wooden boxes having holes in, upon which the Roman soldiers would have sat to 'perform their ablutions'. Water would have been running through the trenches to flush t...
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

A member of the Ermine Street Guard representing a Legionary who might have helped build Hadrians Wall. He wears the Lorica Segmentata style armour which was light, easy to make, and effective against both swords and arrows. He also carries the scutu...
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

Members of the Ermine Street Guard display equipment used in Roman times along with two excellent campaign tents which would have housed up to 8 legionaries with their equipment. These tents have been accurately re-created using authentic materials a...
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008

The remains of the north gate of the wall fort, with the remains of Hadrians Wall carrying on into the distance towards the small copse. This section of the wall was built to the later, narrow design - see other entry for Heddon on the Wall.
Housteads Roman Fort, Northumberland, UK. August 2008