Keys to the Past

Brown Dikes Roman temporary camp (Newbrough and Fourstones)

The remains of a Roman temporary camp stand at Brown Dikes, about 450m south of the Hadrian's Wall vallum. It survives as an almost square earthwork enclosure defined by a rampart, outer ditch and outworks. The ramparts are on average 5m wide and the ditch is 3m wide. The north and east gates have extra defences on the outside of the camp. Although there are no Roman structures visible in the camp the remains of several medieval shielings lie in the south-east corner. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N7830
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1962; W D Johnston
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1965; R Lewis
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead 1999; T GATES

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Newbrough and Fourstones

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