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    Does anyone have any good links for Roman roads in Britain? There is a lot of contradictory information out there. It seems that some Roman roads were built on top of old Celtic cobbled roads built 400 years before the Romans arrived. I’m also looking for information on how useful roman roads were to the Celts. They had their own network of roads before the Romans and would only assume they continued to use them.


    Mike Headden

    Apart from the Irish examples of Iron Age cobbled roads all the examples of pre-Roman British cobbled roads I’m aware of are found beneath Roman ones. As ever, this may show the limits of my knowledge!!

    The Roman versions are a step up from the Celtic ones in engineering terms.

    There may have been bits of the pre-Roman network not overbuilt and no doubt locals would continue to use them until they wore out.

    This is a fairly recent discovery (2011) and no doubt further study will bring more clarity. The idea that the Ancient Britons built the entire Roman road network seems unlikely, at best.

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