57. How many men were in a Hadrian’s Wall turret?

8710653996_d484561d5f_nThere is no clear answer to this question and we do not even know if men lived in turrets, or merely used them for cover and for signalling during patrols of the Wall. Hearths in turrets show that some form of occupation, perhaps even cooking, took place there, but its permanence is a matter for debate. It seems reasonable to assume that each milecastle was responsible for the neighbouring turret on either side, but that is only an assumption.

Further reading: Breeze and Dobson 2000; Symonds and Mason 2009