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 Post subject: Caerwent Roman City
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:32 pm 
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Like I said in the post a few minutes ago, I've just had a short break in South East Wales. Below, there should be a few photos from the Roman city of Venta Silurum, which is located in the modern-day village of Caerwent.

A section of the south wall. Much of the perimeter wall is in place and is about three metres high in places.

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The basilica:

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The temple:

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Shops and workshops:

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 Post subject: Re: Caerwent Roman City
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:41 pm 
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Chris,
Excellent photos, those walls are magnificent, strange they wern't robbed out. Check out this article, it seems Wales has a few surprises, and could indicate there may be more villas further north than previously thought.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-10753974

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 Post subject: Re: Caerwent Roman City
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:56 pm 
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Might be teaching grannies etc but Caerwent preserves the Latin pronunciation of Venta ie 'wenta' and Caerleon is 'fortress of the legion' - in this case the legion Legio II Augusta which had previously been based at Exeter. Interestingly (to me at least) the Roman name Isca is the British word for 'water' as in river and Exeter was known as Isca Dumnoniorum and is on the River Exe same word though there is a complicated argument about how the 'E' became an 'I'. But it was known to the Brits previously as Caer Uisc. Of course every one knows that whisky or whiskey is from 'uisge beatha' meaning water of life.

I obviously need one.

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 Post subject: Re: Caerwent Roman City
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Now why can't we find something like that round here? It'd make the archaeology a damned sight easier to work out (not to mention more impressive to look at). Having said that, there's nowt like a good challenge...

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 Post subject: Re: Caerwent Roman City
PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:48 pm 
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I don't know if you have seen this but even more discoveries have been made in the area around Caerleon.

See http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1903754/archaeologists_make_monumental_discovery_at_caerleon/index.html.


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 Post subject: Re: Caerwent Roman City
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David,
That's a great discovery, and adds to what I said in the earlier post, there's a lot more Roman stuff we don't know about, and Wales seems to be the place at the moment.

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