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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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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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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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