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The evidence at housteads fort shows that the roman solders on Hadrian's Wall lived a comfortable life's"

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"The evidence at housteads fort shows that the roman solders on Hadrian's Wall lived a comfortable life's" Question one Roman Legionaries who were from all over the Roman Empire built Hadrian's Wall in six years. The building of the wall must have been welcome activity in this edge of the world outpost. The Romans had the best artisans working on this Wall, from architects to carpenters to masonries. The wall is mostly built of stone, and in parts is 10 Roman Feet wide and later 8. It was started in the east and reached the river irthing near what is now Carlisle. It then weaves west to the Solway Firth but is built of 18" by 12" by 6" regulation turf blocks. Mile castles were placed at regular intervals, with each pair of Mile castles having two Turrets between them. A Mile castle could garrison between 8 and 32 men and the Turrets could also shelter some soldiers but acted primarily as lookout vantage points. As Hadrian's Wall developed more legionaries were moved up to the wall and then large Forts like Bird Oswald were built which were along side it. ...read more.


The fort had a hospital onsite They had some medical knowledge. Some foods and herbs were imported from warmer climates for example there are cookery books that have dates and tropical foods, however this recipe is not likely to have been used as the ingredients dates were from the tropics. Roman hospitals were exclusive to roman solders this shows that the solders had a more comfortable life compared the rest of roman society They lead a secure comfortable life in the fort clean healthy and for one very wealthy. The commanding officers house was next door to the hospital as was the HQ (principia) as was the same thought ancient Rome in all forts. It was the richest house with its own private facilities , it was by far the most luxurious building in the entire fort within this building there was room for accommodation for the commanding officer his wife and family also personal staff e.g. slaves. This house was similar to many town houses thought the Roman Empire the commanding officer controlled the fort and as such had political power his home reflected this it also showed how rich he was. ...read more.


The barrack blocks were on the other side of the fence initially built as a long building each block was divided into ten units . Each housing eight men the room at the front of each barracks was normally used to store equipment, say archaeologists whereas the back room was used for sleeping with the exception of cavalry on there end of each block there was more spacious accommodation for the centurion (this officer would report directly to the commanding officer). Normally the barracks would face each other later on however this was changed as there appear to have been drainage problems both were changed to face north. Improvements were made later on in the style of chalets . This supports the title view. There are ovens in the later barracks these suggest that civilians used them when the vicious was abandoned later on. Latrines were a communal toilet situated at the south gate the latrines a very clever stone tank was constructed to collect rain water holding nearly 24,000 litres of water and made of stone with molten lead poured down the side making it water proof very clever and inventive of them. ...read more.

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