Castledykes Camps

Marching or Temporary Camps

Castledykes 1 (north-west)

OS National Grid Reference: NS923446
Dimensions: 1,500 x 900+ ft (457 x 274+ m)
Area: >31 acres (>12.5 ha)
Description: This large temporary camp lies to north-west of the fort. The only discernable gateway lies on the east and is defended by external earthworks consisting of a clavicula and straight ditch, unmistakably of Stracathro type. The much-smaller Camp #3 lies wholly within this camp's southern perimeter.

Castledykes 2

OS National Grid Reference: NS927446
Dimensions: 850 x c.700 ft (259 x c.213 m)
Area: c.13¾ acres (c.5.5 ha)
Description: First reported in 1955, this camp lies to the north of the fort. A gateway with tutulus outwork lies in its western side – the only side fully recorded – and a linear earthwork complete with tutulus some 200 ft. in from these western defences indicates at least two phases of occupation.

Castledykes 3

OS National Grid Reference: ?
Dimensions: 400 x 250 ft (c.122 x 76 m)
Area: 2¼ acres (c.0.9 ha)
Description: This small camp lies wholly within the southern defences of the much-larger Camp #1. There is a gateway protected by an external tutulus earthwork in its north-west defences.

Castledykes 4

OS National Grid Reference: ?
Dimensions: 280 x 150+ ft (c.85 x 46+ m)
Area: <1 acre (c.0.4 ha)
Description: This small camp lies on level ground east of the fort.

Castledykes 5

OS National Grid Reference: NS925443
Dimensions: x ft ( x m)
Area: acre ( ha)
Description: First reported in 1965, this small rectangular enclosure lies to the west of the fort.

References for Castledykes Camps

Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) p.57; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1951-5 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xlv (1955) p.85; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1955-7 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xlviii (1958) p.89; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) p.80; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1973-76 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lxvii (1977) p.133; Air Reconnaissance in Roman Britain 1977-1984 by G.S. Maxwell & D.R. Wilson in Britannia xviii (1987) p.30 & plate.VIII; Britannia xix (1988) p.429 & fig.10 p.430; Britannia xxi (1990) p.312; Britannia xxiv (1993) p.281.Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) p.57; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1951-5 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xlv (1955) p.85; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1955-7 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xlviii (1958) p.89; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) p.80; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1973-76 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lxvii (1977) p.133; Air Reconnaissance in Roman Britain 1977-1984 by G.S. Maxwell & D.R. Wilson in Britannia xviii (1987) p.30 & plate.VIII; Britannia xix (1988) p.429 & fig.10 p.430; Britannia xxi (1990) p.312; Britannia xxiv (1993) p.281. Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) p.57; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1951-5 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xlv (1955) p.85; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1955-7 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xlviii (1958) p.89; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) p.80; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1973-76 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lxvii (1977) p.133; Air Reconnaissance in Roman Britain 1977-1984 by G.S. Maxwell & D.R. Wilson in Britannia xviii (1987) p.30 & plate.VIII; Britannia xix (1988) p.429 & fig.10 p.430; Britannia xxi (1990) p.312; Britannia xxiv (1993) p.281.Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) p.57; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1951-5 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xlv (1955) p.85; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1955-7 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xlviii (1958) p.89; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) p.80; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1973-76 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lxvii (1977) p.133; Air Reconnaissance in Roman Britain 1977-1984 by G.S. Maxwell & D.R. Wilson in Britannia xviii (1987) p.30 & plate.VIII; Britannia xix (1988) p.429 & fig.10 p.430; Britannia xxi (1990) p.312; Britannia xxiv (1993) p.281.

Roman Roads near Castledykes Camps

ESE (3) to Bankhead WNW (15) to Bothwellhavgh (Strathclyde) E (13.5) to Castlecraig W (15) to Cavldcoats Probable Road: WSW (22) to Lovdovn Hill (Strathclyde) ESE (18) to Lyne (Borders)