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The late Roman principia at Vindolanda

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Vindolanda and Rome

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The late Roman principia at Vindolanda

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The principia was the garrison headquarters. The visible remains date to the fourth century AD. The row of rooms nearest the viewer served as offices, treasury and shrine for the regimental standards. In the cross-hall beyond, the men could muster to be addressed by the garrison commander, standing on the plinth or tribunal visible at the end by the stair rail. The courtyard beyond is small, surrounded by rooms and offices.

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