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Roman anchors could reveal ancient port near Sunderland, England

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Another interesting find:

Five stone anchors found in the river

The five stone anchors found in the river suggest the vessels could have been part of a trading network



A trove of Roman artefacts has been uncovered in the River Wear which could cast "significant" new light on life in the area nearly 2,000 years ago.

The find, in North Hylton, Sunderland, includes five stone anchors, thought to be the first time they have been discovered in a river.

One theory still to be examined is that it may have been home to a small port.




Summary: Great find with interesting implications. I was surprised, however, to see how far north this find in Sunderland, England was. 


Sunderland climate: average weather, temperature, precipitation, best time


I was also pleasantly surprised to see the coin found at the site. It was of Domitian (reign AD 81-96).

Keith Cockerill

Domitian, Rome, AE Sestertius. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS II, laureate head right / S-C, Spes standing left, holding flower and raising hem of robe



guy also known as gaius

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It depends where on the river they were found. It was normal practice in ancient & medieval times to shore up an eroding river bank by scuttling boats in place.

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