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Uncovering Caerleon's Roman past

14 September 2010

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Andrew Gardner has been co-directing excavations at Caerleon this summer in a collaborative project with Cardiff University (Dr Peter Guest).

The project is an investigation of the remains of Isca, the Second Augustan Legion's permanent fortress in Britain. The team have been excavating the remains of a monumental courtyard building, possibly Isca's main warehouse where the supplies and provisions needed by soldiers in the fortress were stored.

The site was first investigated by the UCL-Cardiff team in 2008. A blog describing the 2010 Priory Field excavations is available on the Council for British Archaeology website while coverage of the project has also appeared on BBC Wales. Media coverage of the Roman suit of armour which was excavated this season is available on ITV Wales and again on BBC Wales.

The project has welcomed 3,000 visitors to the site this summer, with 1,600 people visiting over the August Bank Holiday weekend alone.

Excavations have been made possible due to the support of Cadw (the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment division), the National Roman Legion Museum and the Caerleon comunity.

Further information about the project and also Andrew's UCL Lunch Hour Lecture on Roman Britain, given earlier in the year, is available on the UCL website.