Re: Roman city wall found by chance in England
Roman city wall found by chance
BBC, 19 June 2007
Archaeologists who set out to put up a safety fence at Rochester's
medieval castle have unexpectedly uncovered a Roman city wall. The team
had "barely taken the turf off when they unearthed a solid mass of stone
masonry", Medway Council said. Castle archaeologist Graham Keevill
called it "a very important discovery". He said: "We don't have many
Roman city walls surviving in England. To get an unexpected one like
this is fantastic. It is also a perfect example." He said the wall had
"high-quality" facing stones on each side, and its rubble core, made up
of stone, flint, sand, and gravel, would have been poured in "to set
hard almost like concrete, to bind the whole wall together". Builders
who came later in the 12th Century "knew good masonry when they saw it"
and used the 6ft-wide (1.8m) Roman wall for the foundations of their
medieval castle keep, Mr Keevill said.
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