#Alongthewallin80days - Day 59
Milecastle 32 (Carraw) was a milecastle of the Roman Hadrian's Wall. Its remains exist as earthworks and with no exposed masonry. The layout of the milecastle walls is still quite evident by robber trenches to a maximum depth of 0.3 metres (1 ft 0 in).
Milecastle 32 was a long-axis milecastle though the gateway type cannot be identified. Such milecastles were thought to have been constructed by the legio VI Victrix who were based in Eboracum (York), or by the legio XX Valeria Victrix who were based in Deva Victrix (Chester). Its dimensions are 20.0 metres (65.6 ft) (long axis) by 16.5 metres (54 ft).
Excervations were carried out on this site in...
- 1961 - The position of the milecastle is formally recorded by Eric Birley.
- 1966 - English Heritage Field Investigation. It was noted that the remains consisted of a low mutilated platform surrounded by a robber trench, and that no masonry was visible.
- 1971 - The milecastle is measured, and the south gateway excavated. Stone robbing proved too extensive for identification. Fourth century pottery is discovered.
- 1989 - English Heritage Field Investigation (as part of Hadrian's Wall Project). Previous observations are reconfirmed.