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HALTWHISTLE BURN and Haltwhistle Common, Northumberland, England.

1) Fortlet (NY 715662) on the Stanegate 53 km W of Newcastle, 0.8 km S of Milecastle 32 on Hadrian's Wall. Large fortlet (0.32 ha) at the crossing of the Haltwhistle Burn, with stone-faced earth ramparts, two main gates on the E and S sides (the W postern being finally blocked) and stone internal buildings, including at least one barrack and a granary. Occupation dates in the first half of the 2d c. and was very short; the fortlet probably served as an element in the detailed control of the Stanegate as a fortified frontier road in the later part of Trajan's reign and the early years of Hadrian's; it was abandoned and carefully demolished when Hadrian's Wall was built.

2) Undershot watermill, on the burn just S of the Wall (NY 712665).

3) Series of temporary camps: one just N of fortlet, 1 ha, one entrance on S side; a second just to the E, ca. 0.25 ha, with annex of 0.25 ha on S, entrance on S side. These two camps were probably connected with the construction of the fortlet or of the bridge over the burn. Two large camps, 2.8 and 0.8 km W of the fortlet, on Haltwhistle Common, and another 0.8 km E, were cut by the line of the Stanegate, and were perhaps of Flavian date. Some others in the area were probably related to the building of Hadrian's Wall; others may be practice works.


1) J. P. Gibson & F. G. Simpson, Arch. Ael. 5 (1909) 213-84; J. C. Bruce, Handbook to the Roman Wall, 12th ed. I. A. Richmond (1966) 141-42; E. Birley, Research on Hadrian's Wall (1961) 145-46. 2) Proc. Soc. Ant. Newcastle ser. 3, 4 (1909-10) 167. 3) Arch. Ael. 5 (1909) 259-63; Proc. Soc. Ant. Newcastle ser. 3, 7 (1915-16) 125-26, 196-97; Ordnance Survey, Map of Hadrian's Wall (1964); J. K. St. Joseph, JRS 59 (1969) 105.


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