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Roman remains found in Gloucester’s King’s Square

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Another interesting find in England:

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Roman remains have been found underneath Gloucester's King's Square as the re-development of the city centre location continues.

Archaeological discoveries have been made during work on the £5million project to revamp the square.

Among the discoveries are large roman walls two metres below the surface in corner of King's Square near to Subway and Chambers.

The wall in this area is thought by Gloucester's city archaeologist to be a corner tower of the Roman city.

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Summary: It is good to know that people are aware of the existence to Roman remains and appreciate the need to investigate them further. Excellent video on the most recent find:





guy also known as gaius

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it's also the law. If a building site uncover anything archeological it has to be reported and assessed. Suprisingly most building contractors are willing to cooperate on situations like this. They like the positive interest and feedback.

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".....and what I'm standing on here is a 1970 sewer pipe that isn't very interesting...."

But - 2,000 years from now someone may dig up a 1970 sewer pipe up and marvel and put it on display.  I always think of this when broken pottery is found. The Roman person who broke it and tossed it thought "it isn't very interesting.."   ha

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Sometimes that's true, but ancient to Iron Age civilisations had a habit of making offerings. In Britain, it was common to submerge weapons in water, a deeply symbolic act (and possibly the origin of the Arthurian 'Lady of the Lake' myth.

Mind you, the Iron Age in western Europe was notable for human sacrifice. Although the Druids are popularly blamed (and the Romans didn't much care for their participation), the practice was from common agreement with oversight and interpretation by the Druids who no doubt twisted things to suit their needs in controlling tribal politics. The number three is a common psychological symptom, in this case the the three sacrificial actions - first to stun the victim with a heavy blow to the head, second to strangle the victim, and third to cut the throat. The unpopular or unlucky members of society might well have been chosen for this treatment to appease the Gods when things go badly or malicious accusations are made.

On a more mundane note, the Romans commonly made offerings (and indeed, a temple of any size might have market stalls next door to sell the sacrificial items). Possibly some of the deposited coin hoards, the smaller ones, might actually be such offerings as opposed to simple buried treasure.

I also note the astonishing variety of goods found discarded, sometimes in good condition.

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