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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
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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To: Islander7

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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To: djf

I was stationed at RAF Alconbury, in the 70s. There was a bridge across the River Ouse in the town of Huntingdon built by the Romans that was still in use. It was a trip to ride a bus over a 900 year old bridge!


21 posted on 02/09/2011 7:31:03 PM 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: Sherman Logan

Brought peace?


22 posted on 02/09/2011 8:00:27 PM PST by BBell
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

damn good thought.


23 posted on 02/09/2011 8:05:30 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Sherman Logan

All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?


24 posted on 02/09/2011 8:08:58 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
"...what have the Romans ever done for us?

Every society beyond the hunter-gatherer stage has these things.

The Romans showed us how to bankrupt a once-prosperous nation by over-reaching global ambitions, watering down the definition of citizenship, and distracting the masses with bread and circuses.
Rome ended with military factions fighting over a shattered empire. The capital was changed to Constantinople, while the city of Rome was almost entirely depopulated.

Sound familiar?

25 posted on 02/09/2011 11:13:33 PM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Borders, laws and language are what define us (USA) as a country. Let's guard them well.)
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To: Islander7


Motorway maximus: Unearthed, a stunning Roman super-highway built 1,900 years ago

Who says infrastructure (and the maintainece thereof) doesn’t matter?

My last post of the night/morning.


26 posted on 02/09/2011 11:27:20 PM PST by VOA (`)
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To: Islander7


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

Somewhere in heaven, purgatory, hell or some other destination...
some Romans are smiling...


27 posted on 02/09/2011 11:29:50 PM PST by VOA (`)
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To: Islander7

Fabulous!


28 posted on 02/10/2011 5:17:42 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Islander7; SunkenCiv
This is basically an extension of Ackling Dyke, which is similarly high-banked. The assumption is the high bank was intended to impress the locals and discourage them from challenging the supremacy of Rome. The road was known to exist, but apparently the route through this forest had been lost. The talk about a super-highway seems to be hyperbole, although I suppose most of the Roman roads would have seemed that way to the locals back in the day.
29 posted on 02/10/2011 10:47:00 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Islander7

“I was stationed at RAF Alconbury, in the 70s. There was a bridge across the River Ouse in the town of Huntingdon built by the Romans that was still in use. It was a trip to ride a bus over a 900 year old bridge!”

I was stationed at Incirlik AS, Turkey in the mid-80’s, and there is a Roman bridge crossing the Ceyhan river near there, which carried all traffic to the city of Adana while their modern steel bridge was knocked out by flooding.


30 posted on 02/11/2011 4:38:01 AM PST by Old Student
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To: Tennessean4Bush
It doesn’t look 85ft wide in the photos. I wish they had included more.

The entire earthwork is 85ft wide. That's from the outside edge of one ditch to the outside edge of the other ditch.
31 posted on 02/11/2011 4:46:31 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Islander7

You can slam the Roman Empire over many issues, but they certainly knew how to build things!


32 posted on 02/15/2011 8:11:21 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Islander7
This makes me wonder if the climate may have been a bit colder and snowier at the time.

We commonly construct primary and secondary roads here with wide, deep ditches to contain drifting snow while a high raised roadbed lets the wind scour drifts off the road surface.

33 posted on 02/15/2011 8:23:27 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
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.

Besides that, it allows water to drain away so the road stays dry, is not flooded by heavy rains, and also snow would tend to be blown off by winds into the ditches.

34 posted on 02/15/2011 8:29:45 AM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: PapaBear3625
Besides that, it allows water to drain away so the road stays dry, is not flooded by heavy rains, and also snow would tend to be blown off by winds into the ditches.

Precisely.
No doubt the elevated road was built by having two columns of laborers looking across at each other an equal distance apart, who shoveled dirt into the middle, between them, thereby creating the elevated road and the drainage ditches at the same time.

35 posted on 02/15/2011 8:44:39 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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