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ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE, CAERWENT

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NPRN 401216

Map Reference ST49SE

Grid Reference ST46999066

Unitary (Local) Authority Monmouthshire

Old County Monmouthshire

Community Caerwent

Type of Site AMPHITHEATRE

Broad Class RECREATIONAL

Period Roman

Site Description NAR ST49SE26.3

The scant remains of what was probably an amphitheatre were excavated between 1901 & 1903 within the walls of the Roman city of Caerwent (NPRN 93753).
The amphitheatre was represented by a roughly oval stone-walled enclosure, presumably the arena, some 44m east-west by 35m, together with fragments of other walls that would have supported or defined the seating banks. This structure is set on north-facing slopes and overlies earlier streets and buildings.
The amphitheatre's position within the city walls is unusual and it may have been built to host a particular festival or celebration. Such events might feature theatrics and ritual, gladitorial combat, wild beast shows and the execution of criminals.
There is no reason to believe that this was a livestock market.

Source: Ashby and others in Archaeologia 59.1 (1904), 87-124

John Wiles 25.01.08

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