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Motorway maximus: Unearthed, a stunning Roman super-highway built 1,900 years ago
Daily mail ^ | Feb 7, 2011 | reporter

Posted on 02/09/2011 12:56:37 AM PST by Islander7

* The 15ft-high road ran from London to Exeter

It was a route once trod by legionnaires as they marched across a conquered land.

But, eventually, the Romans left Britain and the magnificent highway they created was reclaimed by nature and seemingly lost for ever.

Now, some 2,000 years after it was built, it has been uncovered in the depths of a forest in Dorset. And, remarkably, it shows no sign of the potholes that blight our modern roads.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Education; History; Science
KEYWORDS: archeology; dorset; england; godsgravesglyphs; history; infrastruture; roads; roadway; roman; romanempire; transportation
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A comment on the article:

"...in years to come people will comment on the m25 but it wont be hard we will still be stuck on it

- slick, hertford, 07/2/2011 09:38..."

1 posted on 02/09/2011 12:56:45 AM PST by Islander7
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 02/09/2011 12:57:11 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7

Its the bullet road. It was part of Ceasars stimulus package.


3 posted on 02/09/2011 1:26:26 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: screaminsunshine

Know in the Roman Senate at the time as...The road to nowhere.


4 posted on 02/09/2011 2:12:00 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: Islander7
It is raised very high which is unusual. It is only speculation, but the height might have been to make a statement.

They're missing the obvious reason---a road that high with deep side ditches would make ambushing a passing Roman column from the woods very difficult.

5 posted on 02/09/2011 2:21:41 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Islander7

Hilarious comments.

Especially about the “speed cameras”....LOL!


6 posted on 02/09/2011 2:28:05 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Islander7

No potholes? Quick, analyze the material in that road!


7 posted on 02/09/2011 2:34:13 AM PST by Twinkie (Two wrongs don't make a right.)
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To: Islander7

It doesn’t look 85ft wide in the photos. I wish they had included more.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 3:00:51 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: Tennessean4Bush

“It doesn’t look 85ft wide in the photos. I wish they had included more.”

There’s a photo there with outlines on it that include the ditching.


9 posted on 02/09/2011 4:11:55 AM PST by dljordan ("His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him")
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To: BigCinBigD

“O! The Roman was a rogue,
“He erat was, you bettum.
“He ran his automobilis,
“And smoked his cigarettum.”

Dig those Roman autobahns!

;^)


10 posted on 02/09/2011 4:26:09 AM PST by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My slow-moving .45 bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: Islander7

An interesting comment at the source link:

“Badbury Rings is a leading contender for the site of the battle of Badon Hill in which a post Roman Briton army got a decisive result against the invading Saxons. According to a Monk Nennius, in the 800s, Arthur was a commander in this battle. So this road was probably used to get there!”


11 posted on 02/09/2011 4:27:31 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Islander7

“And, remarkably, it shows no sign of the potholes that blight our modern roads.”

I guess they must have restricted their ‘semi’ traffic.


12 posted on 02/09/2011 4:52:29 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Islander7

“Puddletown” — sounds like a place where you’d need to put your road on a causeway.


13 posted on 02/09/2011 6:33:08 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Islander7

14 posted on 02/09/2011 6:56:49 AM PST by blam
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To: Twinkie
"No potholes? Quick, analyze the material in that road!"

Sections of the original Bankhead Highway are still found in Texas. It is unused and looks in good condition. It is pothole free 'cause no vehicles drive on it.

15 posted on 02/09/2011 7:38:18 AM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Islander7

The legions were amazingly expert military engineers, among many other things.

They built an entire fortress every time they camped for the night.


16 posted on 02/09/2011 8:07:01 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Islander7

What have the Romans ever done for us?


17 posted on 02/09/2011 8:44:38 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Deaf Smith

Much of the Dixie Highway in north FL was built during the 20s, paved with bricks. Some sections of it look like they were built last year, although to be fair they are only local roads between fields at this point. No heavy traffic.


18 posted on 02/09/2011 8:47:16 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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19 posted on 02/09/2011 6:26:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Didn’t they build some roads that are still in use?

I mean roads in the outland that is, not roads in Rome.

Think I read it somewhere.


20 posted on 02/09/2011 6:31:09 PM PST by djf (Touch my junk and I'll break yur mug!!!)
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