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'Perplexing' find at Alderney Roman dig
BBC ^ | Saturday, July 28, 2012 | unattributed

Posted on 07/29/2012 4:45:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Archaeologists have found something "interesting" and "perplexing" at a Roman dig in Alderney.

A team from the island, the UK and Guernsey are excavating land at the fort of the nunnery at Longy Common.

The dig is focusing on a gateway and wall but the team said they were "not expecting" the way it was laid out.

Dr Jason Monaghan said: "We've found something interesting, but we don't actually know what it is until we take a bit more dirt out."

Dr Monaghan, Director of Guernsey Museums, said the team had dug a trench to examine the gateway.

"It's a bit perplexing, the nunnery always throws little surprises at us and the wall has changed below the ground level and we weren't expecting that to happen so we need to know why it's changed," he said.

On a previous dig the site was found to be a well-preserved Roman military structure dating back to the 4th Century after a building and tower were uncovered.

Following that dig, Dr Monaghan said: "It's better preserved than all the other small Roman forts in Britain.

"It probably guarded the entrance to Longis Bay, Alderney's only natural harbour, and I think they would probably have based a couple of Roman warships there."

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


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: alderney; godsgravesglyphs; guernsey; romanempire; unitedkingdom
Besides various military uses, the site has also hosted a farm, the residence of the island's governor and holiday homes

Perplexing find at Alderney Roman dig

1 posted on 07/29/2012 4:45:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Alderney ruin found to be Roman fort
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-15888516


2 posted on 07/29/2012 4:46:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


3 posted on 07/29/2012 4:49:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Perplexing find?


4 posted on 07/29/2012 4:52:04 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: SunkenCiv

And covered in grafitti in letters 10 ft high saying "Romans go home!"

5 posted on 07/29/2012 5:00:28 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s a wall. It changed below ground level? I believe my contractor called that “the foundation”. Archeologists need to watch HGTV once in awhile instead of all that smut they watch.


6 posted on 07/29/2012 5:01:34 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

I had my heart set on a Stargate.


7 posted on 07/29/2012 5:03:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: blueunicorn6

Dirt blows in ~ not every wall needs a foundation.


8 posted on 07/29/2012 5:10:45 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SunkenCiv
"We suspect it might be an old weapon of some unknown variety, but we've got out top men working on it."


9 posted on 07/29/2012 5:20:35 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: blueunicorn6

Tune in and see them Drop Trowel.


10 posted on 07/29/2012 5:23:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

That still shot looks familiar.


11 posted on 07/29/2012 5:27:48 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I believe the movie is “Five Million Years from Earth.”
Haven’t seen it in ages but still love it.


12 posted on 07/29/2012 5:35:09 PM PDT by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: SunkenCiv

13 posted on 07/29/2012 5:39:53 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: SunkenCiv

so is this where we get to do ‘get thee to a nunnery’ jokes????


14 posted on 07/29/2012 5:42:03 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: LauraJean

It was a pretty cool movie, way ahead of its time.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 6:17:20 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: LauraJean

Should also say, I think Stephen King co-opted the idea for his novel “Tommyknockers”.


16 posted on 07/29/2012 6:19:31 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh dear, they do need to be careful. If the Pandorica is ever opened again, well, lets just say there’s no Dr around to fix it all this time! The Daleks and Cybermen will have it ...


17 posted on 07/29/2012 6:25:09 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: LauraJean

Also known as “Quatermass and the Pit”. That movie was a little slice of awesome, and well worth seeking out.


18 posted on 07/29/2012 6:39:41 PM PDT by Eepsy
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To: Eepsy

Secret passage to the nuns quarters from the priests?


19 posted on 07/29/2012 7:42:14 PM PDT by Craftmore
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To: cripplecreek

Same here. I keep hoping to make a bid on one of those extra Baal clones :p


20 posted on 07/29/2012 8:33:57 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: SunkenCiv
YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT!


21 posted on 07/30/2012 9:42:16 AM PDT by garjog
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To: SunkenCiv

Putting a base there would make a lot of sense. It’s a tiny little island, so a base would not be vulnerable to land side attack as would a base on the mainland.


22 posted on 07/30/2012 2:28:03 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SunkenCiv

A grandfather of mine came from the Channel Island of Jersey to Maine in 1671, and with his brother, was later killed by indians in 1706.

Upon migration, they changed their surname from French/Spanish to English/German in spelling, as was common.

George and Maturin Ricker (Ricarte)


23 posted on 07/30/2012 3:17:57 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker

Interesting, thanks t_s. I love family history.


24 posted on 07/30/2012 8:33:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Nifster

:’) Better than a picture of Helen.


25 posted on 07/30/2012 8:35:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

oh yeah... but she is even older....


26 posted on 07/30/2012 10:22:14 PM PDT by Nifster
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