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Romano-Celtic temple and Mausoleum

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The temple is of the 'Romano-Celtic' type, comprising an inner chamber (cella) surrounded by an enclosed walkway (ambulatory). It is one of the few features dated to pre-Hadrianic Vindolanda on display. All of the cella is revealed in this photo, but only a small part of the ambulatory wall. Such temples are well known in southern Britain but not on the northern frontier. An altar was found in the temple, but the name of the deity worshipped there cannot be read. After the demolition of the temple in the mid-second century the site was used as a burial ground. The base of an amphora, which had been used as an urn for a cremation, can be seen in the centre of the building.

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