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Roman foundations confirm London's early status

ENGINEERS HAVE identified the remains of large Roman townhouses that confirm for the first time that London was a big settlement in early Roman Britain.

Arup Associates engineer Andrew Lawrence examined the Roman chalk foundations found at British Land's 0.8ha office development site near Fenchurch Street.

'We tested the chalk foundations to establish the weight of building that could be supported on it. We believe it's the first time engineering earth monitoring equipment was used for archaeological reasons, 'he said.

'We've also been looking at the remains to build up evidence of large structures.'

Previous theories claimed that the Romans only used London as a small military outpost after invading in AD43.

The excavation also revealed timber reinforced earth ramparts and defensive ditches built immediately after the revolt led by Boadicea in 61AD.

An exhibition of the findings of the two-year-long dig will be mounted.

The excavation will be destroyed as piles are driven in for the office development, which is being built by Skanska.

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