Housesteads Fort, Hadrian’s Wall, England

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housesteads fort hadrians wallAll along the wall built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian across the width of northern England in the second century are forts which housed soldiers who actually manned the wall. Every mile, there were towers which housed a couple of dozen soldiers. At larger intervals were forts, such as this one at Housestead, which held a full garrison of up to 800 soldiers. This is a picture of what is left of their storehouse, which held the food necessary to supply the cohorts.

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