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Hadrian’s Wall was originally built of wood

An archaeologist is claiming that the ditch that runs parallel to the Wall runs several feet away from it because it marks the location of a temporary wooden wall.

The temporary wall ran between each of the milecastles, providing a swift means of defence against marauding Scots while auxiliaries built the permanent stone wall behind.

Mr Carter has become a specialist over the years in structural archaeology and, in particular, postholes – quite literally, the holes left in the ground by wooden posts.

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