ABERGAVENNY ROMAN SETTLEMENT, 'GOBANNIUM'

Site Details



NPRN
306295
Map Reference
SO21SE
Grid Reference
SO2985014090
Unitary (Local) Authority
Monmouthshire
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Abergavenny
Type of Site
FORT
Broad Class
Defence
Period
Roman

Site Description

A Roman fort, measuring approximately 120m by 110m, occupied the flat summit of a bluff above the confluence of the rivers Usk and Gavenny. Excavations in 1972-3 and in 1999 demonstrated that the first phase of the fort was in existence by AD 60 and this was followed by a second phase rebuild between AD 65 and 70. A third military phase was dated to sometime after AD 250, but not long afterwards the fort went out of use to be superceded by a civilian settlement which was occupied until at least the end of the fourth century.

Sources: Jarrett 1969 (Roman Frontier in Wales, 2nd edition), 45-6;
Blockley 1993 (Archaeological Journal 150), 169-242;
Ponsford 1999 (Archaeology in Wales 39), 98-100.

J.Wiles, RCAHMW, 10 August 2004

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