Skip to comments.Motorway maximus: Unearthed, a stunning Roman super-highway built 1,900 years ago
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.
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"...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..."
Its the bullet road. It was part of Ceasars stimulus package.
Know in the Roman Senate at the time as...The road to nowhere.
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.
Especially about the “speed cameras”....LOL!
No potholes? Quick, analyze the material in that road!
It doesn’t look 85ft wide in the photos. I wish they had included more.
“It doesnt 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.
“O! The Roman was a rogue,
“He erat was, you bettum.
“He ran his automobilis,
“And smoked his cigarettum.”
Dig those Roman autobahns!
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!”
“And, remarkably, it shows no sign of the potholes that blight our modern roads.”
I guess they must have restricted their ‘semi’ traffic.
“Puddletown” — sounds like a place where you’d need to put your road on a causeway.
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.
The legions were amazingly expert military engineers, among many other things.
They built an entire fortress every time they camped for the night.
What have the Romans ever done for us?
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.
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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.
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!
damn good thought.
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?
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.
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.
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...
“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.
You can slam the Roman Empire over many issues, but they certainly knew how to build things!
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.
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.
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.
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