Keys to the Past

Silloans Roman camp (Rochester and Byrness)

This rectangular Roman camp was built in the first century AD. It is quite large and measures 520m north to south by 370m east to west. The bank around the camp is built of earth and stone and measures 3.5m wide and is 0.5m high. Around the outside of the bank is a 4m wide ditch and there are gateways in each side of the camp. The east and west gates are protected by an additional external bank and ditch called a traverse. A later Roman road called Dere Street runs through the camp on its way from Corbridge to Newstead in Scotland. The camp may have been used on a temporary basis by expeditionary forces heading for Scotland. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N327
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1956; A S Phillips
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1956; E Geary
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1970; D Smith
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1978; S Ainsworth



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness


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