Sills Burn South Marching Camp

Marching or Temporary Camps

Sills Burn South is an elongated rectangular camp which lies just 580 feet (175m) S of Camp-1, and its W side is approximately aligned with Dere Street, which passes by less than 80 feet (25m) to the W. There are gates places centrally in the short N & S sides, the gate to the S defended by an internal clavicula, another two gates appear opposite each-other in the elongated E & W sides, displaced towards the S in a 2:1 ratio. A tributary stream of the Sills burn enters the camp via its NW corner, diagonally crosses the interior and exits through the E gateway. Modern field drains cross the site from E-W, several of them interfere with the E & W rampart. The camp appears to face S, but was very likely arbitrarily aligned on Dere Street, and if this is the case, then the camp must post-date the highway.

There are three more camps nearby at Birdhope and another at Bellshiel.

References for Sills Burn Camps

  • Roman Camps in England – The Field Archaeology by the R.C.H.M.E.

Map References for Sills Burn Camps

OSMap: LR80

OS National Grid Reference: NY825997
Dimensions: c.280 x c.755 ft (85 x 230 m)
Area: 4½ acres (1.8 ha)

Roman Roads near Sills Burn Camps

None identified