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Ala Primae Hispanorum Asturum

The first Spanish Wing of Astures

Likely first stationed in Britain during the reign of Domitian (ad81-96), certainly by the time of Trajan (98). Possibly stationed at Benwell in 175, certainly by 205-208. A tile bearing the unit's stamp found at Wallsend, and the tombstone of a freedman at South Shields do not prove that the ala was ever stationed at either of those places. The unit resided at Benwell until the end of Roman rule in Britain.

Evidence for The Ala in Britain

  1. Burn 100; CIL XVI.65 military diploma dated: July 17th ad122
  2. CIL VII.1195 privilegia militvm; dated: September 16th ad124
  3. L' Année Épigraphique 1997.1779a diploma dated c.ad126
  4. L' Année Épigraphique 1997.1001 diploma dated 27th February ad158
  5. ?Condercum (Benwell, Tyne & Wear; RIB 1329; altarstone; ad175-7)
  6. ?Segedunum (Wallsend, Tyne & Wear; RIB 2464; stamped tile; c.ad200's)
  7. Condercum (Benwell, Tyne & Wear; RIB 1337; altar to Victory; ad205-8)
  8. ?Arbeia (South Shields, Tyne & Wear; RIB 1064; tombstone)
  9. Condercum (Benwell, Tyne & Wear; Notitia Dignitatum xl.35; c. 4th/5th C. ad)