Topic ID #14303 - posted 10/11/2011 4:22 AM

120 Roman Shoes Found in U.K.; "Substantial" Fort Find



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120 Roman Shoes Found in U.K.; "Substantial" Fort Find
Leather footwear found among jewelry, coins at supermarket construction site.
James Owen for National Geographic News
Published October 10, 2011

About 60 pairs of sandals and shoes that once belonged to Roman soldiers have been unearthed at a supermarket construction site in Camelon, Scotland (see map), archaeologists say.

The 2,000-year-old leather footwear was discovered along with Roman jewelery, coins, pottery, and animal bones at the site, which is located at the northern frontier of the Roman Empire.

The cache of Roman shoes and sandals—one of the largest ever found in Scotland—was uncovered recently in a ditch at the gateway to a second century A.D. fort built along the Antonine Wall. The wall is a massive defensive barrier that the Romans built across central Scotland during their brief occupation of the region.

The find likely represents the accumulated throwaways of Roman centurions and soldiers garrisoned at the fort, said dig coordinator Martin Cook, an archaeologist with AOC Archaeology Group, an independent contractor in Britain.


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