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Geophysical Survey of the Vicus at Birdoswald Roman Fort, Cumbria

  • J.A. Biggins (a1) and D.J.A. Taylor (a2)
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A geophysical survey of the fort at Birdoswald, together with an area 80 m to the east and 120 m to the west of the fort walls, undertaken by the authors in 1997, was published in this journal. A detailed account of the findings is set out there, and it is not proposed to go into further detail. A further survey was undertaken in 1998, which encompassed the remainder of the vicus together with the cemetery to the south-west, with the benefit of a grant from English Heritage. More buildings were recognised below the escarpment to the south of the fort during the work on site, and two areas were surveyed in spring 2000 with the aid of a grant from the Roman Research Trust. The findings of these two latest surveys are set out in this paper, and some of the earlier findings have been reassessed. The completed survey has revealed the extent and form of the settlement, and it is probable that more is known of this fort than any other on the northern frontier.

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