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Caersws Roman road

A Scheduled Monument in Caersws (Caersŵs), Powys

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Latitude: 52.5145 / 52°30'52"N

Longitude: -3.4626 / 3°27'45"W

OS Eastings: 300846

OS Northings: 291743

OS Grid: SO008917

Mapcode National: GBR 9L.GN4Y

Mapcode Global: VH5BR.X2V6

Entry Name: Caersws Roman road

Scheduled Date: 24 January 2007

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1101

Cadw Legacy ID: MG324

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Road

Period: Roman

County: Powys

Community: Caersws (Caersŵs)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the surviving earthworks of the Roman road travelling W from the fort at Caersws. The earthwork of the Roman road is now only visible in parts. This stretch survives as an earthwork situated within enclosed and improved pasture between SO 0076 9174 in the E and SO 0093 9174 in the W. The earthwork is visible as an agger, or raised embankment, measuring c.8m in width and 0.3m in height at its W end and c.9m in width and 0.4m in height at its E end.

The primary Roman road network was designed and constructed by the Roman army for the purpose of military conquest and rule. Roads were built and used throughout Roman Britain from the mid 1st century AD onwards. In Wales, the majority of the Roman road network dates from the Flavian-Trajanic conquest and garrison (between AD 74 and AD 117).

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of Roman military organisation. The monument forms an important element within the wider context of the Roman occupation of Wales and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology and building techniques.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is linear and measures 200m from E to W by 15m transversely.

Source: Cadw

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