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Scientists found first traces of Caesar’s landing in Britain

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Defensive trench and Roman fort in Kent
Defensive trench and Roman fort in Kent

Scientists believe that they found the first evidence of the landing of Roman troops under the command of Julius Caesar in Britain in 54 BCE.

Researchers discovered a defensive ditch and numerous fragments of ancient weapons in Pegwell Bay, in the Thanet district, part of Kent (England). The aforementioned ditch was part of a larger fort. According to specialists from the University of Leicester, the discovery agrees with the information provided by Julius Caesar himself in his works.

The trench is 5 meters wide and has a similar shape to structures made by the Romans in France. It is possible that the fort and the ditches were intended to protect the ships that landed.

Scientists also found ceramics – estimated at 54 BCE. – and for weapons made of iron, including spearheads.

According to the messages of Julius Caesar, about 800 ships, 20,000 soldiers and 2,000 horsemen took part in the invasion. Taking into account the size of the operation, it seems that the place was suitable for such a landing.

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