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Only the foundations survive of two substantial late Roman tombs on the western edge of the site. No bones survived because of the acid soils. In the better-preserved monument, the body would have been placed in the chamber of stone slabs, or cist, set within the inner wall. Like the cemeteries at Vindolanda north of the Stanegate, these monuments were erected outside the settlement area, since the dead were thought to pollute the living.

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