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'Britain's first pre-Roman planned town' found near Reading
BBC ^ | August 17, 2011 | Louise Ord

Posted on 08/20/2011 8:10:56 AM PDT by decimon

Archaeologists believe they have found the first pre-Roman planned town discovered in Britain.

It has been unearthed beneath the Roman town of Silchester or Calleva Atrebatum near modern Reading.

The Romans are often credited with bringing civilisation to Britain - including town planning.

But excavations have shown evidence of an Iron Age town built on a grid and signs inhabitants had access to imported wine and olive oil.

Prof Mike Fulford, an archaeologist at the University of Reading, said the people of Iron Age Silchester appear to have adopted an urbanised 'Roman' way of living, long before the Romans arrived.

"It is very remarkable to find this evidence of a planned Iron Age layout before the arrival of the Romans and the development of a planned, Roman town," he said.

"Indeed, it would be hard to see a significant difference between the lifestyles of the inhabitants of the Iron Age town and of its Roman successor in the 1st Century AD."

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TOPICS: History; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: archaeologists; archaeology; britain; britains; callevaatrebatum; first; found; godsgravesglyphs; hampshire; mikefulford; planned; preroman; reading; roman; romanempire; silchester; town

1 posted on 08/20/2011 8:10:59 AM PDT by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 08/20/2011 8:13:13 AM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Roamin’ ping.

This suggests much about widespread trade and the dispersal of knowledge.


3 posted on 08/20/2011 8:13:58 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
Planned Towns is a universal concept...Brains doesn't have much to do with it..Just observe kids playing in the sand at the beach...

Myy granddaughter...maybe 4 or 5....she drew a Town on the driveway...Stores, houses, Lake, roads.

?Grandma (moi) said she was going swimming in the water...naked. Shocked, she added a jail to the Town and guess where grandma wound up.

4 posted on 08/20/2011 8:18:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: zot

town planning ping


5 posted on 08/20/2011 8:25:03 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Sacajaweau
...she added a jail to the Town and guess where grandma wound up.

On a desk?

6 posted on 08/20/2011 8:28:30 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Sacajaweau
Planned Towns is a universal concept...

Yeah, smarter people started suggesting that it might be a good idea to
locate the tanners, night soil collectors, and other odoriferous
trades on the prevailing downwind side of the rest of the
community.

7 posted on 08/20/2011 8:42:54 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: decimon

bump.


8 posted on 08/20/2011 8:47:51 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: decimon

Well, they knew that a lot of guests would be flying in to attend the royal weddng for William the Iron Man and his bride, Kate the Magnificent, so they had to get organized fast.


9 posted on 08/20/2011 9:03:26 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: bunkerhill7
Well, they knew that a lot of guests would be flying in to attend the royal weddng for William the Iron Man and his bride, Kate the Magnificent...

That's cuz Kate wore no bloomers.

10 posted on 08/20/2011 9:44:49 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Sacajaweau

LOL! smart kid!


11 posted on 08/20/2011 10:45:06 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: decimon
The Romans are often credited with bringing civilisation to Britain - including town planning.

"Other than that, what did the Romans ever do for us?"

12 posted on 08/20/2011 10:46:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: decimon
The Brits don't start to get a handle on the barbarians in their midst, they'll get to see what life in pre-Roman towns is like, first hand.

Same goes for this side of the pond.

13 posted on 08/20/2011 10:51:43 AM PDT by tomkat (1860)
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To: decimon

The grid city design is far superior to the subdivision design favored by developers. It prevents congestion, allows better walking opportunities, has better ingress and egress.

Modern city planners can learn from these pre Roman cities.


14 posted on 08/20/2011 11:23:06 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Sacajaweau

Grandma skinny dipping should most certainly be illegal........


15 posted on 08/20/2011 11:25:38 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Maybe a lot of people were more advanced earlier than we have previously assumed.


16 posted on 08/20/2011 12:32:12 PM PDT by zot
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To: decimon; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks decimon.

If the Roman Empire had been more into gated communities, it would probably still be around.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


17 posted on 08/21/2011 5:19:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: decimon

They were probably Roman in all but name by then. Just like the invading Goths like Alaric were already heavily Romanized down to fighting methods in 451 AD


18 posted on 08/22/2011 3:35:29 AM PDT by Cronos ( W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie I Szczebrzeszyn z tego slynie.)
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To: Cronos
They were probably Roman in all but name by then. Just like the invading Goths like Alaric were already heavily Romanized down to fighting methods in 451 AD

It's not hard to imagine that areas of Britain or elsewhere would come to resemble the major trading partner. In turn, Romans adopted what they favored of peoples elsewhere.

19 posted on 08/22/2011 6:35:35 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

In other words, the Romans took over an existing civilization.

“After the Roman invasion, the town was used by its military, and there is evidence that Roman buildings were very swiftly built on top of Iron Age structures.”


20 posted on 08/22/2011 11:13:56 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9
In other words, the Romans took over an existing civilization.

Maybe. I think if you'd traveled Britain, Gaul or the Iberian or Italian peninsulas then you'd have found a tribalistic patchwork of 'civilizations.'

21 posted on 08/22/2011 11:26:01 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
I would have been shocked if the British tribes hadn't been building towns. IMHO, the main reason so few pre-Roman towns have been found is it would have made sense for those same towns to continue to be occupied after the Roman conquest.

German tribes were building towns on a grid and they were never (permanently) occupied by Rome.

22 posted on 08/22/2011 5:25:45 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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