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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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