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Ancient road uncovered that predates Roman invasion

WOW!

What’s next?

This really is huge news to anyone who follows this kind of thing, or any of those with even a basic interest in ancient history.

They seem to find things here all the time, and with each new discovery I find myself seeing things as if for the very first time. I’m always excited by the latest discovery, even when I don’t quite understand the explanation given for some things.  Of course, the one question I continually have is, how could so much have stayed buried untouched for so long? And never mind things buried.  Ppl with metal detectors are still uncovering antiquities that are not buried very deep at all.

This article will be in our paper tomorrow.  There are a lot of photos to go along with this at the link below. Those interested will enjoy I know. With regard to those photos, I can’t see what they’re talking about cos it looks more like trenches. I always wondered just how they could be sure that some things found are as they think they are.  It’s magic.

There’s one thing bothers me. When you go to the linked site, there’s an artist’s drawing of what I think the artist thinks those ancient folks dressed like. Don’t think so unless they did their shopping at Top Shop.  You’ll see what I mean.


Archaeologists find cobbled road that was built 100 years BEFORE they invaded

By CLARE ELLICOTT
Last updated at 3:22 PM on 15th March 2011

History teaches us that the Romans built our road system and civilised Britain.

But incredible new evidence may prompt another look at the question of what the Romans did for us.

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient highway built before the Roman Conquest which suggests that Iron Age man may have beaten them to it.

He said: ‘Obviously major routes were used throughout pre-history and we know where some of these ran, but they were not constructed roads - they were just routes.

‘This is the first time anyone has identified an engineered road in several phases, clearly constructed before the Romans arrived. It’s entirely unique.

‘The traditional view currently is that the Romans came over to Britain, built the roads and civilised the people. But we have found that this road was built before the Romans invaded.

‘Indeed, the road thought to have been Roman seems to have been built on top of the Iron Age road that was already there.’

The cobbled road, which was built from elder wood, silt and cobbles, stretches around 1,000ft but it is thought to have been part of a route that might have been up to 40 miles long.

Experts believe it was originally a Bronze Age and early-to-mid Iron Age livestock droveway, which was transformed into a fully-surfaced highway in the first century BC.

The road, which is surfaced with cobbles, was cambered to allow good drainage and even has a kerb fence system to hold the edge in place.

It was rebuilt twice with a fresh layer of silt and stones before the Romans invaded.

The road continued to be used after the conquest, into the second century AD, with surviving ruts suggesting it was used by carts laden with goods.
It was discovered near to Shrewsbury by a team of archaeologists led by Mr Malim, from the UK environmental planning consultancy SLR.

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