Friday, September 23, 2011

Ancient Roman Shipyard Found By UK Team

A huge shipyard larger than a football pitch that built or maintained vessels for the Roman empire has been found by British archaeologists.

A team headed by the University of Southampton excavated the remains of a building at Portus, which was the ancient port for Rome.

The building is more than 150 metres long, 60 metres wide and five storeys high.

The structure from about 117 AD, in the reign of Trajan, was used to either build or service ships that travelled across the empire to keep Rome supplied with goods.

More at Sky News

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