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Seatsides 2 Roman temporary camp (Henshaw)

A Roman temporary camp that survives as an earthwork. It is rectangular in plan and is surrounded by an earth bank and ditch. The bank, or rampart, is quite well preserved, except on the west side where it is only about 20 centimetres high. Elsewhere it is about 50 centimetres high. Later farmers have used the ditch to help drain the field by making it wider on the west side and cutting through the causeways of at least three of the gateways. There are four gateways into the camp, one in each side, and all but the north gateway have traces of extra defensive banks on the outside. Inside the camp is a small earthen mound, about 6m across and 0.3m high, that is probably post-medieval in date. Part of the camp was ploughed in post-medieval times and narrow ridge and furrow can be seen across it. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6572
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead. An air photographic survey 2004; T Gates

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Source of Reference
Local History of Henshaw

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