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Wroxeter Roman City is an impressive Ancient Roman site in Shropshire. It houses the remains of what was once known as Viroconium, at one time Roman Britain’s fourth largest city. In fact, Viroconium was initially a first Century garrisoned fort which evolved into a city. Image: artist's reconstruction.

Anglo-Saxon shield made from lime wood, with iron boss and gilt bronze fittings (British Museum reconstruction)

Londinium c. 200 AD ~ The early settlement became a trading port. The Roman historian Tacitus described the city as ‘packed with traders.’ a thriving city with a great bridge over the Thames (near the present London Bridge), a forum (market place), a vast basilica (town hall), an amphitheater, public baths and walled fort surrounded by a great defensive wall.

A PAIR OF ROMAN GOLD AND GLASS EARRINGS Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D. Each drop-shaped, set with a blue glass and framed by a pair of twisted ribbons punctuated by granules, a bow below of sheet with incised grooves and voluted ends, a cluster of granules in the center, the lower edge with a beaded wire border from which is suspended three lengths of loop-in-loop chain, each terminating in a glass bead and a large and small hollow sphere, a hooked ear wire in back

Romans in Britain - Roman Building Techniques - "Roman villas were mostly built from local materials. That meant timber and local stone. Tile and brick was made from nearby clay in kilns set up for the job, or the local stone was used for slates. Mosaicists worked on site, or brought in prefabricated panels from their workshops." (source- http://www.romanbritain.freeserve.co.uk)

UK, WROXETER ROMAN CITY, SHROPSHIRE. Reconstruction drawing of the interior of the baths basilica by Ivan LAPPER. Copyright © English Heritage