Arbeia, Roman fort

A large Roman fort, Arbeia, has been excavated in South Shields on the Lawe Top, overlooking the River Tyne. Founded c AD 120, it later became the maritime supply fort for Hadrian's Wall, and contains the only permanent stone-built granaries yet found on any Roman frontier. It was occupied until the Romans left Britain in the 5th century AD. A Roman gatehouse and barracks have been reconstructed on their original foundations, while a museum holds artefacts such as an altar piece to a previously unknown god, and a Roman-era gravestone set up by a native Palmyrene to his freedwoman and wife, a Briton of the Catuvellauni tribe. There is also a tablet with the name of the emperor Alexander Severus (d. AD 235) chiselled off.
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@ 2012-01-14 18:20:38
The Romans didn't leave Roman Britain, they *abandoned* it, leaving the Britons to fend for themselves. When Rome informed the Britons in 410 AD that they were on their own, the legions stationed in Roman Britain, as well as government posts, were manned almost entirely by local Britons at this time anyway.