Life of luxury in Roman forts

Recent excavations of a Roman fort on Tyneside have revealed that some centurions led a life of relative luxury with indoor plumbing, painted walls and comfortable furniture.

While not as opulent as the commanders' quarters, the centurions were accorded five rooms: bedrooms, kitchen (with toilet), armor alcove, and a living room, complete with comfortable furnishings.

The reconstructed barrack block at Tyne & Wear Museums' Arbeia is one of a kind among Roman reconstructions.