Marching or Temporary Camps
Bellshiel Camp is a temporary marching camp. This large rectangular camp has only 2 readily identifiable gates, one set in the centre of the E side protected by an external titulum, and another in the S side offset to the E and protected by an internal clavicula. Many other gaps are visible in the perimeter but none can be readily identified as gateways. A cairn occupies the exact centre of the camp, and several (medieval?) bell-pits are scattered about both within and outside the defences. There are two more camps nearby at Sills Burn and another three at Birdhope.
References for Bellshiel Camp
- For further information see Roman Camps in England – The Field Archaeology by the R.C.H.M.E.
Map References for Bellshiel Camp
NGRef: NY8199 OSMap: LR80
OS National Grid Reference: NY818998
Dimensions: c.1,050 x c.1,640 ft (c.320 x c.500 m)
Area: c.39½ acres (15.9 ha)
Roman Roads near Bellshiel Camp