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Originally Posted by MarkV View Post
Wild speculation again. As I said before the military are still notorious for profligacy when it comes to dumping broken equipment and just because the metal fittings are intact doesn't mean that the leather etc was. It may just have been easier to dump the broken kit and draw new ones from store than to salvage the metal.
Tale of Washington's retreat from New York: while retreating south on a ridge parallel to the Hackensack River, soldiers who were tired of carrying large iron cauldrons used to prepare meals casually let the cauldrons roll gently down the ridge and into the river, such was the profligacy of an army that had quite little in the way of provisions.

Between 400 and 410 AD, did Roman authority in Britain slowly erode, or did it come to a quick and discernible end? If it was the former, then could it be that the soldiers manning Hadrian's Wall, who likely hadn't been paid in quite some time, simply deserted their posts, walked off with whatever gear they fancied, and left the rest -- the stuff being found by archeologists today?
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