Friday, August 12, 2011

New Bridge found on Hadrian's Wall

Castlesteads fort, whose remains had previously been unknown to anyone, or the nature of any bridge there fully appreciated.
Hadrian's Wall crossed three of what might be classed as large rivers, at the forts at Carlisle, Chesters and one a little east of Birdoswald. However these are all relatively flat crossings and would not have caused the Roman engineers any great problems.

The bridge at Cam Beck, although just known as a stream, would have had to be built at least 60ft across, which is almost as long as two of the previously mentioned crossings and importantly also has a deep gorge of around 30ft to negotiate. This combination of width and depth would have made it a major crossing point and the bridge would have looked quite impressive.

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