Saturday, 16 October 2010


Arbeia was the Roman fort founded around 120 AD near the mouth of the River Tyne in what is now South Shields. Standing high over the river it became  the maritime supply fort for Hadrian's Wall.  It was occupied until the Romans left Britain in the 5th century. One theory about its name  is "fort of the Arab troops", referring to the fact that part of its garrison at one time was a squadron of Syrian boatmen from the Tigris. The photo above shows a reconstruction of the fort's West Gate.

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