NS8279 : Milnquarter: Roman construction camp

taken 8 years ago, near to High Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Great Britain

Milnquarter: Roman construction camp
Milnquarter: Roman construction camp
The outline of this camp, which was first noticed on aerial photographs, is marked on the 1:25000 OS map. It was a temporary camp, one of several that are situated close to the line of the Antonine Wall (for nearby sites on the wall, see, for example, NS8479 : View to Rough Castle Fort, NS8179 : Antonine Wall at Seabegs Wood, and NS8679 : Ditch of the Antonine Wall at Watling Lodge).

An information panel beside Reilly Road (both the road and the panel are visible in the foreground of this photograph) gives an account of the Wall itself, and then goes on to discuss the associated construction camps, of which the camp at Milnquarter is thought to be an example; it notes that these camps are "usually sited within 500m of the Wall, and are much smaller in size than normal Roman temporary marching camps. Therefore they are assumed to relate to the Wall and to have housed troops working on the wall and its constituent forts, fortlets, and road network".

In 2009, the area covered by this camp was given legal protection as a scheduled monument, except for those parts that had already been built upon (for example, NS8279 : Reilly Road and the nearby railway line both pass through the camp). As noted above, the 1:25000 map shows its outline; see also the following satellite view, which has been annotated to show the camp's approximate boundaries: LinkExternal link

The eastern corner of the camp, as shown on that satellite view, corresponds to the clearing that is shown enclosed by a fence in this photograph. Likewise, the western corner of the camp corresponds to a square area of land, just west of the railway line, that has been kept clear of buildings.
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Date Taken
Monday, 14 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 26 June, 2010
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Period (from Tags)
Ruin (from Tags)
Roman Construction Camp 
Place (from Tags)
Roman archaeological site   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 8266 7936 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.5681N 3:52.9631W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 8266 7940
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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