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Circular Huts

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Circular Huts

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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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