Even before reaching the Wall,there was a significant problem for those wishing to cross the frontier unlawfully. Roman soldiers were expert at digging, and they had been busy just infront of the Wall. Anyone trying to sneak across the Wall first found themselves standing on the edge of a deep defensive ditch. To make matters worse, it may well have been filled with a tangle of sharpened stakes. Furthermore, when it came to digging the ditch, it turns out the Romans weren’t above a bit of trickery either.
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