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TURRET 54A

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The site of Roman turret 54A, part of the defences supporting Hadrian's Wall. Excavations in 1933 disclosed two independent stone turrets at Garthside, one immediately behind the other. The rear one was later included in the Stone Wall, and the front one stood by itself at the normal distance from the Turf-Wall ditch. It was apparent that the first turret had stood upon bad ground and its front wall had collapsed, after which the second had been built upon the firmer crest of the hill. The pottery found at both turrets suggested they were built in the early 2nd century and occupation probably ceased about AD 180. There are no surface remains. The Ordnance Survey position is accepted.

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