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This milestone stands in its original position, immediately east of Vindolanda on the Stanegate. This is the medieval name for the Roman road built by Agricola and his successors, linking frontier towns and forts from Corbridge to Carlisle. In some places modern minor roads still run along its line, elsewhere as at Vindolanda the road runs only as a farm track or path. This milestone was not inscribed but would perhaps have borne a painted inscription, indicating the distance from Corbridge , like other milestones along the Stanegate, and the name of the reigning emperor. They helped travellers en route, but also served as a reminder of imperial power on the fringes of empire.

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