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Saturday, 6 May 2017

A visit to Arbeia fort in South Shields

Today, I didn't get to the club as I was out with my family. We went to Arbeia fort in South Shields, at the mouth of the River Tyne, which acted in co-ordination with Hadrians wall, north of the river.

Here are some pictures...

The reconstructed western gate
Tombstones...for a soldier... 
...for a freedman and woman (a local Briton, who was freed and married her Palmyran Cavalry officer- and former owner)
Roman period remains 
These date from just after the official Roman retreat. 

Vestigial remains of a ceremonial cavalry helmet. 
The blade of a Spatha. 

Granaries formed a major part of the fort, as a supply base. 
Another reconstructed building.

 Yep, the Latrine!
A nice reconstruction of the Tribune's house.

Very odd wall decoration in this section! Probably because a lot of Roman wall decoration seems to have been rather...pornographic! 

The reconstructed Western gate from inside the fort area. 
Inside, some dioramas! 
 A Celtic Iron age roundhouse.
How the fort may have looked in Roman times. 
An English Civil war star fort, apparently being attacked by Scots Covenanters! 

A diorama of the western gate. 
 ..and inside.

In the reconstruction's gate houses, some reconstructed later Roman military gear. 

Finally, a look at the way the wall was constructed. 
For a very limited archaeological site, I think this is a very good display, and was very well worth the visit (Its also close to Colemans, a wonderful fish and chip shop!) 


  1. Looks like a great day out! Cheers for posting.


    1. Yes, I was surprised how good the site is after visiting Segedunum, Vindolanda and Housesteads on the wall, which are far more well known.