BACAS: What lies beneath: new light on Roman Cunetio
Thu 14 March, 2024 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
Roman Cunetio, now a flat field near Marlborough, was occupied from the 2nd century AD by Romano-British people until abandonment in the early 5th century. The settlement’s original defences were earthworks and an outer ditch but in the 4th century these were replaced by massive stone walls 4m thick, perhaps 8m high and with massive towers. A puzzle remains as to why Cunetio deserved so much expenditure on upgrading its defences when most Roman military engineering projects were focused on the Saxon Shore forts.
The entire town lay undiscovered until it was identified from aerial photos in the 1940s and although excavation has been limited, air photography and geophysical survey have revealed much of the layout of the town and demonstrated the complexity of the site.
This illustrated lecture will present and discuss the latest developments in trying to understand this important Wiltshire monument.
This is a BACAS talk, please see full details on the BACAS website here.
Tickets £4 for members, and £5 for the general public. Pay on the door (no prebooking).