PLV Inscriptions (Burgh-by-Sands to Drumburgh)

Introduction

The paucity of inscriptions from this stretch probably reflects the fact that some three miles of the Wall across Burgh Marsh have never been detected and may not have been available to be robbed for building stone. It is difficult to believe that there were any fewer inscriptions here than elsewhere along Hadrian’s Wall.

Inventory

RIB 2049: ICI[..] / […]I[.] / […]II[..] (‘?’). Building stone found before 1732 in Burgh by Sands. Source: RIB I p.628

RIB 2050

RIB 2050

RIB 2050: Matri(bus) / dom(esticis) / vex(illatio) / [l]eg(ionis) VI / [V(ictricis)] P(iae) F(idelis) (‘For the household mother goddesses a detachment of the Sixth Legion Victrix Pia Fidelis (set this up)’). Altar found 1830 at Dykesfield, SW of MC73. Source: RIB I p.628

Analysis

With only two inscriptions available from the Burgh-nbby-Sands to Drumburgh stretch, and only one of those (2050) legible, it is difficult to draw conclusions about this particular epigraphic corpus. It is interesting to note that the Sixth Legion appear to be viewing the mother goddesses in much the same way as the Lares and Penates, in a domestic role. This altar was found near Milecastle 73, just east of Burgh Marsh, and once more may reflect a legionary detachment acting in a garrison role.

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