Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ancient Roman shipyard as big as a football pitch discovered by British archaeologists

The Daily Mail 2011-09-22: A vast shipyard which is larger than a football pitch and built ships for Roman emperors, including Hadrian, has been discovered by British archaeologists. Experts from the University of Southampton, among others, excavated the remains of a building more than 150m long and 60m wide at Portus, the ancient port for Rome. The five-storey high structure is thought to be from about 117 AD, in the reign of Trajan, was used to either build or service ships that travelled across the empire 2,000 years ago to keep Rome supplied with food and goods. The five-storey high boathouse is thought to be from about 117 AD Copper… more »