Roman Epic in the making at Caerleon. (Go there now!)
In some respects this is more a promotional piece than anything else, not that the Cardiff University led excavations in Caerleon particularly need any help in this department, but it is worth drawing your attention to the quite stunning work being undertaken in south Wales at the moment, if you are not already aware of it. Quite simply, the Roman remains being unearthed in Caerleon at the moment, have the potential to double the size of the previously understood parameters of Roman Caerleon. What makes this all the more impressive, is that for generations a simple consensus exited for the area currently under investigation, that there shouldn’t really be anything there. Well, there’s a lot.
It might not be the temple complex that got the media all excited last year, but the river side Roman development, which boasts one of the most remarkable tegula built walls seen in the UK (and day by day there is more and more found of it), wharf structures, alongside a host of interconnected constructions, is more than worth the attention that continues to fall on the site. Perhaps the notion of this being an area predominantly given over to trade might be less sexy for the media, but its significance for enhancing, indeed, revolutionising our understanding of Roman Caerleon, cannot be understated.
As far as the general public are concerned, this is certainly something worth seeing. Hundreds of people have visited the site in the past few days, with thousands likely to come to the site over the bank holiday weekend. If you can make it down before the excavation closes at the end of next week, you should really take the opportunity to do so. There is probably no more important archaeological excavation being carried out in Wales at the moment, and the significance of this site is indeed of national importance. If you have the chance to let your eyes see these wonders firsthand, then get down there now. Failing that, you can get an up to date feed on twitter via http://twitter.com/#!/CaerleonDig where some of the best finds from the site can be viewed.
Make no mistake about it, this is of huge importance for Wales, and the more people who come down to the site, the stronger the argument will be for the long term preservation and future study of the area. This should be putting Wales on the map, and you have a chance to see something amazing, while helping preserve this great site for the future of Wales.