Roman fort built in response to Boudicca’s revolt discovered in London
New archaeological research, carried out by Museum of London Archaeology (Mola), of a previously unknown early Roman fort built in AD63 as a direct response to the sacking of London by the native tribal Queen of the Iceni, Boudicca. The revolt razed the early Roman town to the ground in AD60/61 but until now little was understood about the Roman’s response to this devastating uprising.
|Reconstruction of Plantantation Place Fort [Credit: (c) MOLA]|
|View of the fort's inner ditch [Credit: (c) MOLA]|
|Timber lacework from the fort's vallum [Credit: (c) MOLA]|
|Reconstruction of a Roman defensive position [Credit: (c) MOLA]|
|Militaria from Plantation Place Roman fort [Credit: (c) MOLA]|
Positioned over the main road into London, commanding the route into the town from London Bridge and overlooking the river, the fort would have dominated the town at this time, perhaps reflecting the absence of civilian life and the utter destruction wrought by the native Britons on Roman London.
In AD 120 the much larger Cripplegate fort was constructed and in the 3rd century a substantial wall erected around the town. Archaeologists are yet to find evidence of an earlier fort or military structures for the intervening periods but their search continues.
The research has been published by Mola in An early Roman fort and urban development on Londinium’s eastern hill by Lesley Dunwoodie, Chiz Harward and Ken Pitt, available priced £30 via Mola's publications pages.
Source: Museum of London Archaeology [May 13, 2016]