NGRef: NS9844
OSMap: LR72
Type: Fortlet, Camp

Roads
WNW (3) to Castledykes
ESE (15) to Lyne (Borders)
N.G.REF DIMENSIONS AREA
NS971449 154 x 148 ft
(47 x 45 m)
c.½-acre
(c.0.2 ha)

This small, square fortlet measures about 154 by 148 feet (47 x 45 m) over the ramparts and thus encloses an area of about ½-acre (0.2 ha). It is surrounded by three narrow, V-shaped ditches on all sides with an entrance positioned on the north. These northern defences have been partly destroyed by a railway cutting, those on the south by quarrying. The size and layout of Bankhead compares favourably with other known fortlets at Chew Green in Northumberland and at Castle Greg in Lothian, which may have been contemporary establishments of the Flavian period. It would appear that the fortlet was occupied for only a short time before being abandoned, at which time the rampart was thrown into the inner ditch, the outer ditches being allowed to silt-up naturally.

Click here for details on the two marching camps at Bankhead

See: Britannia xvi (1985) p.265;
Air Reconnaissance in Roman Britain 1977-1984 by G.S. Maxwell & D.R. Wilson in Britannia xviii (1987) p.19.