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After the destruction of the town in AD60/61 by Boudica's army, the Romans commenced work on building a 3100 metre long defensive wall, much of which still stands today. This is one of the better preserved sections of the wall, showing how red tiles and septaria were used in a layered construction. The wall would originally have stood 6 metres high with a defensive trench in front to further hamper attacking forces. The land behind the wall was at a higher level, giving the defenders a platform from which to defend themselves.

7th Jan 2006 by Diane Earl

Geography, History

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Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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