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Bonded warehouses near the site of the Roman Fortlet
|Founded during the reign of||Antoninus Pius|
|Place in the Roman world|
|Excavation dates||1965, 1966|
The site, like several others along the wall and beyond, was found by aerial photography, this discovery being reported in October 1965. Following this Wilkes excavated in that year and the following one. He approved of the term "interval fortlet" to describe this and other fortlets like Duntocher and Glasgow Bridge.
No coinage has been recovered nor are there any inscriptions from the fortlet although a single coin was picked up at Wilderness West.
Many Roman forts along the wall held garrisons of around 500 men. Larger forts like Castlecary and Birrens had a nominal cohort of 1000 men but probably sheltered women and children as well although the troops were not allowed to marry. There is likely too to have been large communities of civilians around the site.
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