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According to archaeologists, Baden is perhaps not a strictly Roman introduction to Great Britain. The possible channel locations of the researchers are shown
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According to archaeologists, Baden is perhaps not a strictly Roman introduction to Great Britain.

Baths and bathhouses have long been at the top of the list of what the Romans did for us.

But an excavation near Reading has found evidence of a bathhouse that may have existed before the empire invaded AD43.

Ruins even suggest that ancient British might have had saunas in the Iron Age, decades before the Romans arrived.

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According to archaeologists, Baden is perhaps not a strictly Roman introduction to Great Britain. The possible channel locations of the researchers are shown

According to archaeologists, Baden is perhaps not a strictly Roman introduction to Great Britain. The possible channel locations of the researchers are shown

Baths and bathhouses have long been at the top of the list of what the Romans did for us. But an excavation near Reading has found evidence of a bathhouse that may have existed before the empire invaded AD43

Baths and bathhouses have long been at the top of the list of what the Romans did for us. But an excavation near Reading has found evidence of a bathhouse that may have existed before the empire invaded AD43

Baths and bathhouses have long been at the top of the list of what the Romans did for us. But an excavation near Reading has found evidence of a bathhouse that may have existed before the empire invaded AD43.

Archeologists from the University of Reading discovered the remains of a brick wall that they thought could have formed a bathroom.

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The wall, uncovered during the summer, found bricks & # 39; of dimensions and fabrics that were not previously recognized in Silchester & # 39 ;, The times reported.

The stones – in a pre-Roman excavation – were bordered by a water channel that flowed out of the room, suggesting it was used for bathing.

In the light of the find, Professor Michael Fulford of Reading told the Times: & # 39; Late Iron Age baths are always a possibility. & # 39;

The famous Roman Baths in the city of Bath in Somerset were built from AD60 and are one of the largest tourist attractions in the country.

The complex buildings and the construction of aqueducts to feed the water had led historians to believe that the invading Roman Empire was responsible for introducing access to fresh water and hygienic drainage.

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But Professor Fulford's discovery suggests that the British had already invented and built similar bathhouses before the troops of Emperor Claudius conquered the country and formed Britannia.

The Sichester excavation takes place between what is now Reading and Basingstoke and is considered one of the first newly built communities of the Romans.

Called Calleva Atrebatum, it was built on a former Iron Age city – the Iron Age ended when the Roman troops settled.

Ruins even suggest that ancient British might have had saunas in the Iron Age, decades before the Romans arrived

Ruins even suggest that ancient British might have had saunas in the Iron Age, decades before the Romans arrived

Ruins even suggest that ancient British might have had saunas in the Iron Age, decades before the Romans arrived

Archeologists from the University of Reading discovered the remains of a brick wall that they thought could have formed a bathroom
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Archeologists from the University of Reading discovered the remains of a brick wall that they thought could have formed a bathroom

Archeologists from the University of Reading discovered the remains of a brick wall that they thought could have formed a bathroom

The stones - in a pre-Roman excavation - were bordered by a water channel that flowed out of the room, suggesting it was used for bathing

The stones - in a pre-Roman excavation - were bordered by a water channel that flowed out of the room, suggesting it was used for bathing

The stones – in a pre-Roman excavation – were bordered by a water channel that flowed out of the room, suggesting it was used for bathing

At the same location, Professor Fulford's team also encountered human and dog skulls that they thought were a sign of ritual killings.

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And they also found coins named Cara – after the military commander Caratacus.

The excavation in Calleva is now complete and the ruins have been recovered so that the land can be used for grazing.

In the light of the find, Professor Michael Fulford of Reading told the Times: & # 39; Late Iron Age baths are always a possibility & # 39;

In the light of the find, Professor Michael Fulford of Reading told the Times: & # 39; Late Iron Age baths are always a possibility & # 39;

In the light of the find, Professor Michael Fulford of Reading told the Times: & # 39; Late Iron Age baths are always a possibility & # 39;

Professor Fulford's discovery suggests that the British had already invented and built bathhouses before the troops of Emperor Claudius conquered the country and formed Britannia

Professor Fulford's discovery suggests that the British had already invented and built bathhouses before the troops of Emperor Claudius conquered the country and formed Britannia

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Professor Fulford's discovery suggests that the British had already invented and built bathhouses before the troops of Emperor Claudius conquered the country and formed Britannia

The Sichester excavation takes place between what is now Reading and Basingstoke and is considered one of the first newly built communities of the Romans

The Sichester excavation takes place between what is now Reading and Basingstoke and is considered one of the first newly built communities of the Romans

The Sichester excavation takes place between what is now Reading and Basingstoke and is considered one of the first newly built communities of the Romans

A natural spring there was the center for the baths, which were often at the top of the agenda for builders when a new Roman settlement formed.

Known as thermal baths for the Latin invaders, they were used as a social center and for washing at a time before people's homes had running water.

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The Roman bathhouse on the Calleva site was probably built during the reign of Nero between AD54-68 on the site of an older, British build.

The Calleva excavation team shares some of their findings on a special webpage.

A natural source there was the focal point for the baths, which were often at the top of the agenda for builders when a new Roman settlement formed

A natural source there was the focal point for the baths, which were often at the top of the agenda for builders when a new Roman settlement formed

A natural source there was the focal point for the baths, which were often at the top of the agenda for builders when a new Roman settlement formed

The Roman bathhouse on the Calleva site was probably built during the reign of Nero between AD54-68 on the site of an older British building

The Roman bathhouse on the Calleva site was probably built during the reign of Nero between AD54-68 on the site of an older British building

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The Roman bathhouse on the Calleva site was probably built during the reign of Nero between AD54-68 on the site of an older British building

WHEN HAVE THE ROMANS Occupied BRITTANNIA?

55BC – Julius Caesar crossed the channel with around 10,000 soldiers. They landed in a Pegwell Bay on the island of Thanet and were met by a British force. Caesar had to withdraw.

54BC – Caesar crossed the channel with 27,000 infantry and cavalry. Again they ended up with a deal, but they had no opposition. They marched into the interior and after heavy battles they defeated the British and the most important tribal leaders surrendered.

Later that year, however, Caesar was forced to return to Gaul to solve problems and the Romans left.

54BC – 43BC – Although no Romans were present in Britain during these years, their influence increased due to trade relations.

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43AD – A Roman army force of 40,000 led by Aulus Plautius landed in Kent and took the southeast. The Emperor Claudius arrived in Colchester with reinforcements. Claudius appointed Plautius as governor of Great Britain and returned to Rome.

In 43AD a Roman force (artist & # 39; s impression) of 40,000 landed under the leadership of Aulus Plautius landed in Kent and took the southeast. The emperor Claudius then arrived in Colchester with reinforcements

In 43AD a Roman force (artist & # 39; s impression) of 40,000 landed under the leadership of Aulus Plautius landed in Kent and took the southeast. The emperor Claudius then arrived in Colchester with reinforcements

In 43AD a Roman force (artist & # 39; s impression) of 40,000 landed under the leadership of Aulus Plautius landed in Kent and took the southeast. The emperor Claudius then arrived in Colchester with reinforcements

47AD – Londinium (London) was established and Great Britain became part of the Roman Empire. Road networks were built throughout the country.

75 – 77AD – Romans defeated the last resistant strains, making the whole of Britain Roman. Many Britons began to adopt Roman customs and laws.

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122AD – Emperor Hadrian ordered that a wall be built between England and Scotland to keep Scottish tribes out.

312AD – Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal throughout the Roman Empire.

228AD – The Romans were attacked by barbarian tribes and soldiers stationed in the country were recalled to Rome.

410AD – All Romans were recalled to Rome and Emperor Honorious told Britons that they were no longer connected to Rome.

Source: History on the net

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