Mar. 12th, 2012

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They say an army marches on its stomach, and the Roman army was no exception.  Trying to garrison an Empire with outposts in weird and wonderful out-of-the-way places like Hardknott fort [or to give it its Latin name, Mediobogdum, which seems like an appropriate name for this miserable dump teetering on the edge of the civilised world. This is, of course, purely from a Roman point of view...] meant that maintaining a reliable supply chain was vital.
 
Grain would have been transported by ship then offloaded at a harbour site on the west coast.  From there, it was moved by road to the fort itself, where it would be stored on-site in granary buildings. 

And this is one of the granaries.  Or so it's believed, and it looks like a reasonable interpretation.  The low wall running down the centre of the building would have supported a raised floor, indication that the structure was built with the intention of allowing air to circulate:-
 


This is good indication that the building would have functioned as a granary - the circulation of air within the building was vital to keeping grain dry and free from mould.

And the exterior of the building shows just what a robust structure it was, with substantial buttresses helping to support the walls and prevent them bowing outwards:-


Once again, restoration has been minimal, demonstrating just how well preserved these Roman remains are, given their antiquity...

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