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Unique to Vindolanda is the presence of circular huts within the
area of the fort, dated to the early third century AD and separating
two phases of military occupation. Groups of huts have been found
here on the northern edge of the fort, in the centre and in the
southwest corner. If they filled the whole area, they would have
numbered several hundred. The few finds from the huts indicate domestic
occupation. They are unlike any other type of building found in
forts, but similar to the houses of the local indigenous population.
They were perhaps homes for prisoners, hostages or for new local
recruits to the army, but remain difficult to explain.
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