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ARBEIA was a large Roman fort in South Shields
South Shields
, Tyne "> also know that a squadron of Spanish cavalry, the First Asturian, was stationed there. It was common for forts to be manned by units originally from elsewhere in the empire, though often enough these would assimilate and end up by recruiting locally.

MUSEUM

Two monuments in the museum at Arbeia
Arbeia
testify to the cosmopolitan nature of its shifting population. One commemorates Regina, a British woman of the Catuvellauni tribe (approximately modern Hertfordshire ). She was first the slave, then the freedwoman and wife of Barates, a merchant from Palmyra
Palmyra
(now part of Syria