Stirlingshire YAC explore Ardloch Roman Fort
YAC members from our Stirlingshire YAC enjoyed exploring Ardoch Roman Fort recently.
The fort is one of a chain of forts on the Gask Ridge, a 16 km (or 10-mile) long ridge of land to the north of the River Earn in Perthshire. The fortifications along the Gask Ridge roughly follow the boundary between Scotland's fertile lowlands and the much more mountainous highlands. The YAC members discussed the placement and design of the fort. It was constructed during the governorship of Agricola in around AD 80, and it pre-dates the more famous Antonine Wall and Hadrian’s Wall further south.
The YAC members explored the massive ditches, which are all that remains of the Roman fort now. The site also includes several marching camps and a signal tower. The earthworks are very well preserved, and it is thought that the site is one of the most complete Roman camps in Britain!
The members measured out the area of a tent space for 24 soldiers, and calculated the fort would accommodate around a legion of 5,000 soldiers!
During their break time, the young archaeologists played some Roman dice games on top of the ramparts.
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