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FORDEN GAER, ARENA

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NPRN 401218

Map Reference SO29NW

Grid Reference SO2103999069

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Montgomeryshire

Community Forden

Type of Site AMPHITHEATRE

Broad Class CIVIL, RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY

Period Roman

Site Description A complex cropmark feature north-east of the Forden Gaer has been interpreted as a ludus, or military amphitheatre. It is known only from air photographs (CUAP CBF7) and geophysical survey (Silvester and Hankinson 2006, 6-8).
The complex centers on a circular 'arena' about 50m across, set within a shallow valley rising to a low ridge on its south-east side. The arena is encircled by a 10-20m band of discontinuous concentric features, which could represent seating banks.
Other features giving the appearance of a sinuous approach on the south and a second arena on the north, appear to be natural.

Associated with: Forden Gaer Roman settlement (NPRN 94012)

Source: Crew in The Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies XXVIII.4 (1980), 730-42
Silvester and Hankinson 'Roman Fort Environs' (2006), CPAT Report 767

John Wiles 16.04.07

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