NY7868 : Housesteads Fort, Commanding Officer's House, Latrine

taken 7 years ago, 4 km from Bardon Mill, Northumberland, Great Britain

Housesteads Fort, Commanding Officer's House, Latrine
Housesteads Fort, Commanding Officer's House, Latrine
This latrine for the use of the commanding officer should not be confused with the communal latrines elsewhere in the fort. Standing at the far end of this little room, looking downwards and to your left and to the left of this picture, you can see the drain (not visible in the picture).

A gold signet ring with a garnet intaglio (an engraved garnet), dating from the late first to second century, was found in the drain in 1968. It probably belonged to the commanding officer - how he must have cursed! The ring is on display at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovium)

Housesteads (Vercovium) is the best-known fort on Hadrian's Wall, and is one of the most iconic sites of the Roman Empire. This is partly due to the considerable amount of excavation that has taken place here and also because of its location, high on an exposed ridge offering magnificent views. It is the most complete Roman Fort in Britain

The fort was built of stone around AD124, soon after the construction of the Wall began in AD122. Vercovicium was built overlying the original Broad Wall foundation and Turret 36B. A substantial civil settlement (vicus) existed to the south, outside the fort, and some of the stone foundations can still be seen

Many centuries after the Romans left, Housesteads became the haunt of 'rank robbers', including the notorious Armstrong gang of 'border reivers'. The remains of a fortified Elizabethan bastle house can still be seen near the south gate.

The site is now owned by the National Trust and is currently in the care of English Heritage. Finds from Vercovicium can be seen in the site museum, in the museum at Chester, and in the Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle upon Tyne.

LinkExternal link Housesteads Roman Fort (English Heritage)
LinkExternal link Housesteads Roman Fort (Your Northumberland)
LinkExternal link Housesteads Roman Fort (Wikipedia)
LinkExternal link Housesteads Roman Fort (Undiscovered Scotland)

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Sunday, 6 July, 2014   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 13 March, 2018
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Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts 
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Roman Remains 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 7897 6877 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:0.7820N 2:19.8232W
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