Castra Exploratorum

AttestedCastra Exploratorum on iter 2 of the Antonine Itinerary.

Where:  Probably at Gretna, on the England/Scotland border, at about NY320683, located by its distances of 12 Roman miles from each of Carlisle and Burnswark.  This outranks the usual suggestion of lying under the 15th century Netherby Hall at NY396716.

Name origin:  Latin for ‘military camp’ (plural of castrum) plus genitive plural of explorator ‘scout’.

Notes:  Nothing has been found archaeologically at Gretna, where the water's edge has changed since Roman times and a munitions factory occupies one possible site.

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