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Archaeological work at Caerleon nominated for national award

16 January 2013

A research and training project that has revealed remarkable new evidence for the Roman legionary fortress of Isca at Caerleon has been nominated for a prestigious national award.

Archaeologists from Cardiff University carried out the research from 2006 to 2011 and have discovered several new buildings within the fortress, as well as a completely unknown complex of very large buildings outside the west gate between the amphitheatre and the River Usk. Excavations in 2011, carried out with the help of Time Team, found part of Caerleon's port as well as the very well preserved remains of other impressive buildings, including possible bath-houses, workshops, administrative buildings and meeting halls. These discoveries change the way we think of the fortress and highlight the significance of this internationally important site in the story of Roman Britain.

The nomination recognises the importance of the archaeological work as well as the project's success in engaging people from around the world in the latest discoveries on site. Over 13,000 people visited the excavations in person, others volunteered to join the diggers in the trenches, while many more followed the project's progress online via the dig blog or on Facebook and Twitter.

Find out more about the fascinating discoveries at Caerleon on the project webpage at www.cf.ac.uk/share/research/projectreports/caerleon/index.html which includes an interactive booklet and an animated 3d reconstruction of the fortress of Isca.


Voting for the awards is open until Friday 15th February 2013 and the winners will be announced at the Current Archaeology Live! 2013 conference, held on the 1-2 March.

To vote for the Lost City of the Legion and bring the award back to Cardiff and Wales, visit www.archaeology.co.uk/vote