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Along the wall in 80 days - Day 13

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Mon, 26/05/2014 - 08:56 -- Samantha

#Alongthewallin80days - Day 13 

Corbridge Roman Town, previously known as Coria was a fort and town, located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Hadrian's Wall, in the Roman province of Britannia. A fort was originally built on the site around 84AD and was occupied by a 500-strong cavalry unit called the Ala Petriana, but was destroyed by fire in AD 105. Around AD 120, when Hadrian’s Wall was built, the fort was again rebuilt to house infantry troops away from the Wall.

Today an audio guide brings the story of the town to life and the modern museum has a fascinating array of finds. Writing tablets found at Vindolanda show that troops from Vindolanda were stationed here attimes, or came here on leave. Walk along the main street of this Roman garrison town, flanked by the remains of granaries, a fountain house, markets, workshops and temples. It was the most northerly town in the Roman Empire and one of only two on Hadrian’s Wall, the other being at Carlisle.

The most famous finds include a hoard of Roman armor and other equipment and the stone Corbridge Lion whose image is used to guide children on a trail round the museum.

The open space of the former forum is used for events during the summer, one of which is on going this week!  The Roman Roaming game is on from Saturday 24th til Sunday 1st of June and is a chance to het in some family time whilst learning more about Roman life at this surprising Roman supply base and bustling town.

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