Amazing! Archaeologists have discovered a 4th Century Roman Fort unearthed in Lancaster
England is a treasure trove of artifacts where almost every site is yielding amazing things and the sites are turning into an archaeologist’s dream. In the latest exciting discovery, archaeologists have found compelling evidence of a 4th century Roman Fort, unearthed in Lancaster, lying buried a few layers beneath the earth on Castle Hill. The exceptional find was a large Roman fort built presumably to defend Britain from foreign invasion.
The excavation , which took two weeks has revealed the presence of a Roman styled wall and even a road lying buried beneath a field in the vicinity of Lancaster castle.
1 The Most Amazing Discovery in Lancaster
Archaeologists in Britain are ecstatic over the latest discovery in Lancaster. The ruins unearthed just near Lancaster Castle, off the sea shore, has turned out to be a 4th century roman fort built near the shore to ward off invasions and attacks from the sea. The lead scientist in charge of the excavation, Jason Wood, a specialist in Roman fortification said it was a significant and amazing discovery.
Archaeologists had suspected earlier that something of significant value lay buried beneath the field; a geographical survey had been carried out to that effect a few years ago. The assumption turned out correct when a junction built at the edge of the wall and a road appeared after preliminary excavations.
2 Forts Were Built By Romans to Defend Invasions Form the Sea
The excavation of the Roman Fort unearthed in Lancaster also found trenches dug in the 1920s, which suggested that earlier attempts had also been made to excavate the site. According to Wood, the Romans in the 4th century, in charge of Britain were particularly afraid of the possibilities of foreign invasion from the sea and hence built the fort which also doubled as a base for army supplies and storage.
The Lancaster Castle was built sometime in the 10th century on the site of the fort. Under royal control, the castle was damaged by the Scots, who had encroached as far as Lancaster in 1322 and 1389. The castle was unused till it gained prominence during the English Civil War. The castle also includes an old 12th century Norman Keep and a witch’s tower, built in the 14th century.
3 Scientists and Citizens Excited Over the Remarkable Discovery
According to Darren Clifford, a member of the Lancaster City Council Cabinet, the team had found one of the earlier and larger trenches which contained a well. The well he stated was believed to be lying adjacent to the wall of the fort. He also mentioned that there was a breath of excitement in the entire city, to find something of such prominence in Lancaster. The shore fort was one of many forts built by the Romans between the 1st and 4th centuries on Lancaster’s Castle Hill, whose site hasn’t been excavated for 41 years.
The discovery of the Roman fort unearthed in Lancaster follows another exciting discovery made last month in the excavation site of the Bloomberg HQ where the earliest handwritten documents existing in Britain and dating back to roman times were discovered by archaeologists and workers at the site.