More on Y-shaped Roman structure discovered in UK
|Aerial shot of the Roman site at Caistor, St. Edmund near Norwich [Credit: Fred Marsham]|
The structure shows two angled wings, meeting on a central structure, and is described by Professor Will Bowden, who has been working on the project from the University of Nottingham, as “an unusual and adventurous building on a very interesting site”.
The plan of the building was identified through aerial photographs, after weather conditions in 2007 revealed a number of unusual crop markings showing a building, without any obvious similarities to other Roman Britain plans.
Prof Bowden, who studied for his PHD at the UEA, said: “From the air, it looks like a spaceship, and I’m sure some people will suggest it to be some kind of alien landing site. It is very hard to make any parallels to anything else we’ve ever seen, we can usually make comparisons, but this one is very unusual.”
It is thought that the building, made of thin levels of clay and chalk, was used for a single event or festival, or as a temple.
Prof Bowden added: “The material we had to use to date the structure was scrappy bits of pottery. There are no obvious parallels for this remarkable structure in Roman Britain or, to my knowledge, elsewhere in the Roman Empire.”
Author: Rosa McMahon | Source: Norwich Evening News 24 [January 26, 2012]