Arbeia Roman fort: The barrack block

Posted: August 19, 2015 in History, Roman History
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Reconstructed barrack block

Reconstructed barrack block

In one section of the site there are a number of reconstructed buildings which sit on original foundations. One of these is a barrack block dating from the beginning of the third century.

Plan of barrack block

Plan of barrack block

The centurian lived in a four room apartment at one end of the building. It is thought that these were a bedroom for himself and his wife if he had one, a bedroom for his slave and children, a living room and a kitchen.

Centurions bedroom

Centurions bedroom

Slave / child's bedroom

Slave / child’s bedroom

Kitchen

Kitchen

By comparison his soldiers slept up to 8 men to an apartment of 2 rooms. The front room was probably kept for cooking and storage of equipment although it could have also been used for sleeping and the rear room was packed with beds. It is possible that soldiers may have shared beds between men on different watches – one slept whilst one was on duty.

Soldiers cooking/ storage room

Soldiers cooking/ storage room

Soldiers bedroom

Soldiers bedroom

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