Sunny Rigg Camps

Marching or Temporary Camps

Sunny Rigg 1, Northumberland

OS National Grid Reference: NY695656
Dimensions: 260 x 165 ft (80 x 50 m)
Area: 1 acre (0.4 ha)
Description: This perfectly rectangular encampment has four gateways, all defended by external titulum outworks, set centrally in the shorter W & E sides and placed in the longer N & S ramparts off-set to the E on a ratio of 2:1; the camp therefore faced E. The camp lies 150m NE of the Sunny Rigg farm, in the centre of a field sandwiched almost equidistant between the Stanegate to the N and a modern road which passes by on the S. The site has been unaffected by field boundaries since Roman times, but its position, in the middle of a cultivated field, has meant that the camp has been almost completely levelled by ploughing.

Sunny Rigg 2, Northumberland

OS National Grid Reference: NY698657
Dimensions: 230 x 280 ft (70 x 86 m)
Area: 1½ acres (0.6 ha)
Description: This camp has the form of a parallelogram and is situated about 460m ENE of the Sunny Rigg farm, again sandwiched between the Stanegate to the N and the modern ? road to the S. Only 3 gates were provided, set centrally in the E, W and S sides, with that on the E provided with an external titulum. Excavations in 1981 revealed a causeway across the central portion of the N ditch which may be evidence of a N gateway.

Sunny Rigg 3, Northumberland

OS National Grid Reference: NY700658
Dimensions: 72 x 72 ft (22 x 22 m)
Area: 0.1 acres (0.04 ha)
Description: This very small camp, unlike its larger neighbours, lies some 80m N of the Stanegate, and although unaffected by the plough, has part of its N circuit damaged by modern field drains. Gateways are apparent in the centre of the E & S sides, both protected by external tituli.

References for Sunny Rigg Camps

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

Map References for Sunny Rigg Camps

NGRef: NY6965 OSMap: LR86/97

Roman Roads near Sunny Rigg Camps

Stanegate: W (2.25) to Magnis Carvetiorvm (Carvoran, Northumberland) Stanegate: E (1.25) to Haltwhistle Bvrn (Northumberland)