Milrighall

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Alternative Names Ale Water
Site Type TEMPORARY CAMP (ROMAN)
Canmore ID 55424
Site Number NT52NW 15
NGR NT 536 268
Council SCOTTISH BORDERS, THE
Parish BOWDEN
Former Region BORDERS
Former District ETTRICK AND LAUDERDALE
Former County ROXBURGHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
Form Cropmark

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Archaeological Notes

NT52NW 15 536 268.

Observed from the air by RCAHMS in 1977.
R Goodburn 1978

This camp measures 390m by 370m; the included area is 14.4 ha and the roughly-central entrance in the E side is protected by an external clavicula. The camp probably accommodated Agricolan reconnaissance troops.
G S Maxwell and D R Wilson 1987

17 December 2011
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Notes First observed from the air by Maxwell in 1977 (Maxwell and Wilson 1987: 32), the camp at Milrighall lies in arable fields astride a low ridge above the Ale Water. Measuring 397m from ENE to WSW by 370m, it enclosed 14.5ha (almost 36 acres). Entrances are visible just north of centre in the ENE and WSW sides, both accompanied by external claviculae. The provision of purely external claviculae (with no accompanying oblique traverse) is extremely rare, the only other example in Scotland being Lochlands II (which may yet have an oblique traverse and therefore Stracathro-type gate). Cawthorn C in North Yorkshire also exhibits only external claviculae as a form of gate protection, and that camp is unusual in form for various reasons (Welfare and Swan 1995: 137–42). The camp of Oakwood, with surviving internal and external claviculae, lies 11km to the west, and it is possible that Milrighall also had internal and external claviculae ramparts which have since been levelled by the plough.

R H Jones.

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Books and References

Goodburn, R (1978) 'Roman Britain in 1977. I. Sites explored', Britannia, vol.9
Page(s): 418

Jones, R H (2009b) "Lager mit claviculae" in Britannia, in Hanson, W S The Army and Frontiers of Rome. Papers offered to David J Breeze on the occasion of his 65th birthday and his retirement from Historic Scotland. Typescript Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 74
Page(s): 11-23 Held at RCAHMS E.10.JON.P

Jones, R H (2011) Roman Camps in Scotland, Edinburgh
Page(s): 278 Held at RCAHMS E.10.1.JON

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