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This bathhouse served the pre-Hadrianic fort and its erection is
probably referred to in a tablet. It sits on the south-eastern margin
of the site, on the edge of the steep slope leading to the stream.
The boulder clay here was cut back to allow for the foundations
to be inserted. Unlike the other early fort buildings it was constructed
of brick and tile, although most of the building materials were
removed when the baths were demolished in the second century. The
photograph shows the foundations of the hot-room (caldarium)
and warm room (tepidarium). The brick pillars (pilae)
supported the floor of the bathhouse and allowed the hot air to
© Vindolanda Trust