RRFORT-03 Corner Wall Section with Tower, Turf and Timber Roman Fort
Roman forts, also known as castra, could be found all over the Roman Empire. The huge empire stretched from northern England to North Africa and from Portugal to the Middle East.
A Roman fort could be built in timber and turf, or in stone, or even a combination of both. Turf and Timber was quick, easy to obtain, and extremely effective. From the first century AD or earlier, Turf and Timber forts were common, but after that date forts were normally built in stone, because with settled frontiers units were far less likely to move on from permanent bases.
Some Roman forts could hold up to 6,000 people. As well as barracks for soldiers, they had stables, a butcher shop and bakery and administrative offices.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SHARPENED STAKES (LILIA) AND IRON SPIKES (STIMULI) ARE NOT ATTACHED TO THE CORNER WALL SECTION. THESE CAN BE PLACED IN ANY OF THE RELEVANT HOLES PROVIDED. **
The Turf and Timber Roman fort can also be used for the Battle of Alesia displays. The Battle of Alesia took place in September, 52 BC around the Gallic oppidum of Alesia, a major town centre and hill fort of the Mandubii tribe. It was fought by an army of the Roman Republic commanded by Julius Caesar against Gallic tribes united under the leadership of Vercingetorix of the Arverni. It was the last major engagement between Gauls and Romans and the end of organized resistance to the Roman Empire, marking the turning point of the Gallic Wars in favour of Rome.