Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Where does Roman road lead on Anglesey?

English: Anglesey Coastal Path The coastal pat...
English: Anglesey Coastal Path The coastal path following the Menai Strait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Via Dailypost.co.uk


ARCHEOLOGISTS will follow a buried Roman road in the hope they will find an ancient fort.

The Gwynedd Archaeology Trust completed a major dig at the Tai Cochion site near the village of Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, 18 months ago.

They discovered the site was an important Roman village with the remains of buildings, pottery and coins found.

The Romans reached the site from over the Menai Strait in Gwynedd, where Segontium in Caernarfon was an important fort.

Now the dig team want to know where the Roman road to the north west of the site leads.

They have tracked the road for around 250 metres and will now use magnetic surveying to try and find where the road ends.

Dave Hopewell, senior archaeologist from the Gwynedd Archaeology Trust, said: “We are convinced that there was another fort on Anglesey that has never been discovered.

“This road could lead us to it.

“We can now use this new equipment to map and follow the road and we now have some funding in place to do this.

“We are excited about where this could lead.”

Anglesey, known as Mona to the Romans, was seen as a major thorn in the side of the Roman invasion of Britain.

The island was a stronghold of the Druids, spiritual and political leaders of the Celtic tribes.

Roman writer Tacitus chronicled the infamous confrontation between the Roman general Suetonius Paulinus and Druids who were said to be a terrible sight in the mid-first century.

A pitched battle was fought on the banks of the Menai Strait, with the Romans breaking the resistance and slaughtering the Druids and their followers.

The Romans later build a fort at Holyhead.

The location of the Tai Cochion settlement together with initial discoveries, suggests the settlement to be a trading post linking Anglesey with the mainland.

Analysis of the pottery shows the site dates from the end of the 1st Century, through to the middle of the 4th Century.