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Council for British Archaeology (2007) CBA Research Reports [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1000332
ISBN 0 906780 98 5
Excavations in 1981 and 1986 revealed massive Roman foundations in the waterfront area of the south-west quarter of the City of London, and also shed light on earlier observations made during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Together these have provided the evidence for at least two periods of major public works within the south-west quarter of the late Roman walled town.
This building programme appears to have been the last flourishing of the so-called 'British Empire'. Parallels in military architecture suggest that military engineers, if not labour, had been diverted to the task from the Saxon Shore forts. It is unlikely that the complex was purely military itself, being situated upstream of the bridge and being poorly positioned to defend London, but the monumental size of the construction, and the elaborate nature of its preparation, suggest that it was intended to form an impressive monument within the urban landscape, dominating the riverfront.
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