We know that Germanic troops were stationed at Portus Lemanis late in the Roman period. Under Roman rule, people paid their taxes to Rome, and in return troops were stationed in the province to protect them. We believe that people stopped paying taxes to Rome in the early years of the 5th Century, and no doubt the troops ceased to be paid by the Roman state at this time too. But later records suggest that the local aristocracy may have simply taken over the role of employing troops to protect their estates and little may have changed in practice. Troops may have stayed in the fort at Lympne into the later 5th Century, living there with their families. Over time, this army unit may have morphed into something that appeared to be more like a warrior band, drawing recruits from Continental Europe just as the Romans had done, and even from as far afield as Scandinavia, but all the time becoming less uniform in appearance and forging their own identity. We know that around this time, the fort started to collapse as a result of land-slip. It is a plausible hypothesis that the warrior band stationed at Lympne, looking for a new and safer base, relocated with their families some 4 miles inland to Lyminge. The archaeological evidence currently suggests that the site of Lyminge was otherwise unoccupied at this time. Some of the metal brooches found also suggest that the first settlers had links that stretched as far as Scandinavia. Some of these new inhabitants of Lyminge, though perhaps not all, were probably new arrivals, first generation immigrants whose origins lay outside Britain in the area we now call The Netherlands, northern Germany and Scandinavia.