Earthwork of England; Prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, Danish, Norman and Mediaeval

Earthwork of England; Prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, Danish, Norman and Mediaeval

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...he knew better than to build on wind-swept moors, amongst the jungle, or too near the fens. Had he done so the ruins of his habitations had perhaps been better preserved than they are; it is because his villas stood invariably upon the choicest of soils that their very foundations have so often been erased, and the ploughshare has completed the ruin which fire commenced. In popular parlance, "camps" and "villas" include anything and everything that the Roman built. But villas and towns, with their usual accessories in the way of baths, temples, tombs, and theatres, do not by any means exhaust the list of his buildings. Along all the great roads must have stood many less pretentious constructions, such as inns and posting-houses, and smaller dwellings. In some places have been unearthed what seem to have been the foundations of watch-towers, beacons, or signalling-stations. At various points along the greater roads at least were erected miliaries--not so much milestones, perhaps, as monuments to record the date of the road's construction or reparation, incidentally utilised to tell the distance to the next important town. A few of these are preserved in museums, and the remains of some are still to be found in situ,1 but the great majority have certainly been removed and destroyed, broken up for road metal or built perhaps into neighbouring walls, whence they may yet be disinterred. Many modern bridges stand upon piers laid by the Romans, and without doubt there are many others of which the Roman substructures have not yet been remarked. Roman wells are of frequent occurrence; their carefully laid linings of stone or timber distinguish them from the rubbish-pits which accompany almost every residential site, and which more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612736
  • 9781236612731