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The Army Bathhouse at Vindolanda

Vindolanda, located next to Hadrian's Wall, was occupied from the late 1st century AD to about AD 400. The site contains both a Roman army fort and the remains of a vicus, or town.  Vindolanda has become famous for its quantities of writings on wood tablets, preserved in waterlogged levels. The writings consist of letters, lists, and everyday memoranda of Army officers and their wives from the period of about AD 90 to 125. This image shows the remains of the army bathhouse at Vindolanda, with circular apse at left. A central heating system with furnace and hypocausts (hot air vents) in the baths must have made this a popular spot for soldiers during the long winters of northern Britain.

[Fig.1: Bathhouse at Vindolanda (photo: Athena Review).]

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