Offbeat: vestiges of an old Roman turret discovered on the Hadrian wall in England

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The turret, the structure of which has been uncovered, is 11 meters high and extends over a little more than 2 meters. She was discovered during work to build student housing.

Funny discovery made near Newcastle in England very recently. As the Artnews site tells, archaeologists have discovered an old Roman turret on the Hadrian wall . The discovery was made while construction work was underway in the city of Oreeburn near Newcastle. They had to create accommodation for students.

WE HAVE Some very exciting News! We've Found the Remains of Turret 3a of Hadrian’s Wall in the Oouseburn Area of ​​Newcastle, One of the Large Turrets Uncovered and the Only One Con confirmed to the East of Newcastle. pic.twitter.com/znymepv9bl

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The Hadrian wall, fortification of stones and earth built between 122 and 127 after J.-C., had been built by L 'Emperor Hadrien . About 117 kilometers long, he crossed northern England from west to east and was to protect the border from the north of the Roman province of Brittany from "barbaric" attacks. Sixteen fortifications had been built, as well as 80 Miliarium Castellum, rectangular fortifications placed at intervals of approximately 1.6 kilometers.

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Fragments of tiles found

This turret found in the locality of Oouseburn is the first of this type in the east of Newcastle. The team of archaeologists also found a wall ditch as well as six Risberme pits, works to consolidate walls or small protective embankments. More than 11 meters high and more than 2.43 meters long, the turret was found alone. No vestige of clay or soil fragments have been uncovered. Only a fragment of Tegula has been discovered. It is an old flat tile used by the Romans. Baked, it was also used in certain sumptuous buildings, marble or bronze and sometimes golden.

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According to the director of the site who participated in these excavations, Scott Vance, this discovery has "demonstrated that the potential for important archaeological remains linked to the Hadrian wall can survive in urbanized areas of the suburbs of the conurbation of Tyneside". Finally, the accommodation project was not abandoned. It will be completed and the constructions will be made around the turret, which will be preserved.

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