Today, I visited one of the best preserved forts on Hadrian’s Wall which is located at Chollerford close to the River North Tyne. In terms of archaeology, this is possibly the richest site on the Wall although most of the buildings remain to be excavated. The Roman name for the site was Cilurnam which may mean ‘cauldron-pool’ or relate to Cilurnigi people of Northern Spain from whom the Asturian cavalry unit, which was based at the fort, was recruited. This unit was based at Chesters for 200 years.

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