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Kinneil Fortlet

Remains of an Antonine Wall Fortlet, Kinneil
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Remains of an Antonine Wall Fortlet, Kinneil

Located on the Kinneil Estate, to the west of Bo'ness are the remains of a small Roman fortlet. Associated with the Antonine Wall, which passes immediately to the north, the fort was built around AD 143 and provided a home for the garrison responsible for that section of the wall. Rectangular in shape and enclosed by a turf and wood rampart inside a protective ditch, the fort was discovered following archaeological excavations in 1978. Following a further excavation in 1981, timber posts were left to mark the positions of the buildings which once lay within the fort. Artefacts from these excavations are on show at the nearby Kinneil Museum.

This small fort was thought to house a garrison of approximately 20 men.


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