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294                   THE SUSSEX COAST
" CL BR" were found), and of the Abulci, Gaulish troops that formed the garrison of the place. Coins from Gallienus (254-268 A.D.) to Gratian (375-383) were found, and also a most interesting tile stamped
apparently referring to Honorius the Emperor by whom the Legions were withdrawn in 409, and giving an abbreviated way of writing the name of the settlement.
The remains of animal life identified included the Celtic ox and the larger Romano-British ox, sheep, horse, red deer, and wild boar, of which there were some fine tusks, hare, dog, cat, the common fowl, goose, raven, curlew, plover, wood­cock, gull, and shells of oyster, mussel, cockle, whelk, and limpet—a catalogue that gives interesting suggestions about the life and especially about the food of the troops who, in addition, fed on peas and wheat and barley, and enjoyed the fragrance of violets. The charcoal they left was of willow, the sides of their well were protected by logs and its rope was woven partly of tamarisk. In the sections still unexcavated were perhaps the masonry buildings occupied by the Roman officers, who must have lived here a rather bored existence in charge of native troops beyond the civilisation that the province afforded, their life not unlike that of British officials at some station on the Indian frontier.
When the legions had departed Anderida still continued to be a fortress of the Britons, and not till 491 did it finally fall before the attack of Aella and his Saxons, when after a heroic
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