Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Archaeologists find first pre-Roman planned town in Britain

Archaeologists believe they have found the first pre-Roman planned town in Britain which reveals Iron Age societies were far more sophisticated than previously thought.

The site, unearthed beneath Silchester near Reading, Berks, and will change the history books after originally thought the Romans were the first to bring civilised life to Britain.

But excavations have shown evidence of an Iron Age town built on a grid and there are 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.

More at The Telegraph

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