Cardiff University students that went out to practice using geophysical instruments during the summer of 2010 were in for a big surprise. There is a Roman fortress called Caerleon in southern Wales that dates back to AD 75. Students in a field just outside of the fortress were out getting some experience with the tools of their future trades when they made an unusual and exciting discovery. |
Beneath the field they found the outlines of many large buildings that up until that point had been unknown to archaeologists. Although the actually purpose of these buildings is unknown, there are several hypotheses.
The neighboring fortress was used for 200 years, but up until recently it was thought that the surrounding areas had not been highly populated by the Romans. Researches wonder if these buildings could be evidence that Ithca, the name the Romans had given this area, was a much larger community than anyone had previously thought.
There were three major fortresses in what we know as the United Kingdom. The one in the Caerleon has been the easiest to excavate out of the three and after this new find is certainly getting its share of attention. There is a Roman history museum there that dates back to 150 years ago as well as guided tours of the excavation site that are open to the general public.
These Cardiff University students going out into an seemingly normal field with their geophysical instruments could very well have stumbled upon the treasure of a life time.
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