Skip to comments.Lost Roman port found in Wales [Caerleon]
Posted on 01/11/2020 11:45:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Uncovered outside the Roman fortress in Caerleon by a team of staff and students from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, the port is only the second known from Roman Britain and sheds new light on Wales' role in Roman Britain.
The well-preserved remains of the port are located on the banks of the River Usk just north of the city of Newport and include the main quay wall, as well as the landing stages and wharves where ships would have docked and unloaded their cargoes. The team made the find during their on-going excavations of the 'Lost City of the Legion', an unknown suburb of very large public-style buildings discovered by the University last year.
Along with the port, the archaeologists' trenches have produced some remarkable finds, including the remains of several monumental buildings that perhaps include marketplaces, administrative buildings, bath-houses and temples. It is the first time that these remains have been seen in almost two millennia...
Known as Isca, the fortress at Caerleon was constructed in AD 74/5 during the final conquest by the Roman army of the fierce Celtic tribes in South Wales. It was the headquarters of the Second Augustan Legion - one of four legions who invaded Britain during the reign of the Emperor Claudius.
The dig runs until 1st September and is open to the public with special tours of the site at 11.00am and 2.30pm daily (except Wednesday). During the August bank holiday weekend (27th-29th, 10 am to 4.30 pm) there will be tours, displays of the latest finds and lots of activities for families to join in - including dressing up as Romans, making pots and sampling Roman cooking.
(Excerpt) Read more at phys.org ...
Animation of ancient Roman Fort in Caerleon, Wales
‘Lost City of the Legion’: Roman port from which soldiers launched invasion of Wales 2,000 years ago is unearthed
Thanks for posting.
It does NOT look like something ancient.
In fact, it probably looks more modern than some 3rd world countries could put together.
They were so ahead of their time.
I understand the Romans lost it. But how did it end up in Wales?
Greta has assured us that any ancient ports would be well under water by now.
I prefer a nice Riesling...
The Welsh kept saying deagh ('good') but the Romans didn't speak Gaelic; they thought the Welsh were saying that they had fleas.
If the Romans had left a port behind, nothing would remain but the empty bottle. Hey, it's okay to him my own kind.
Oh dang, missed this because I’d not read the rest. Guess I’ll just wine about it.
These ruins and others in Britain must have left the locals in awe for many generations after the living memory of the Romans had passed away -- probably the awe didn't subside until the 17th or 18th centuries.
This means the these places once had WATER right up next to them.
IOW, the ocean’s level was much higher then...................
I imagine the baths were very popular in the cool, damp climate.
I'd like that right here, right now. :^)
Yup, kaka happens. By contrast, places more seismically active have become submerged in the same interval -- gosh, it's almost as if there's not really much of a fluctuation in the actual sealevel over time. :^)
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