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Hadrian's Wall (pt 3/4)
A civilian settlement ('vicus') would develop outside every Roman fort. While soldiers were not allowed to marry, most would have an unofficial family living here. A computer-generated model conveys what it will have looked like. A tombstone of the wife of a soldier is examined, as is a precious gold ring, possibly the earliest Christian object in Roman Britain. The many things we can learn from found objects about their former owners is considered.
Useful for conveying the fullness of life on Hadrian's Wall: the services and comforts soldiers had access to in the civilian settlements which grew up beside every fort. Also helpful if one is explaining to a class the way in which archaeological evidence can help us reconstruct ancient lives.
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