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Caerleon Bridge

Caerleon Bridge

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During flood alleviation work on the southern bank of the River Usk in 2006, along the Isca and Lulworth Roads at Caerleon, a substantial timber and stone platform was exposed. Timbers typical of those found in medieval and post-medieval bridge construction were recorded along with finds dating from the Roman period through into the present day. Dendrochronological samples were taken from the timber remains; the widths of the annual growth rings were measured and analysed but unfortunately no reliable cross matching between samples or known chronologies could be established. The timbers remain undated at this time.

The site was observed, excavated, and recorded by members of The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd, of Swansea. Although there was considerable archaeological material recovered during the period of excavation, it was of a very mixed nature.
During flood alleviation work on the southern bank of the River Usk in 2006, along the Isca and Lulworth Roads at Caerleon, a substantial timber and stone platform was exposed. Timbers typical of those found in medieval and post-medieval bridge construction were recorded along with finds dating from the Roman period through into the present day. Dendrochronological samples were taken from the timber remains; the widths of the annual growth rings were measured and analysed but unfortunately no reliable cross matching between samples or known chronologies could be established. The timbers remain undated at this time.

The site was observed, excavated, and recorded by members of The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd, of Swansea. Although there was considerable archaeological material recovered during the period of excavation, it was of a very mixed nature.

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Contents Page
Figures Page
Figure 1: Caerleon location map.....................................................................................3Figure 2: Location of excavation....................................................................................4Figure 3: Plan of mortised timber (
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Table 1: Details of dendrochronological samples from Caerleon, South Wales..........25
 
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Summary
During recent flood alleviation work on the southern bank of the River Usk, along the Iscaand Lulworth Roads at Caerleon, a substantial timber and stone platform was exposed.Timbers typical of those found in medieval and post-medieval bridge construction wererecorded along with finds dating from the Roman period through into the present day.Dendrochronological samples were taken from the timber remains; the widths of the annualgrowth rings were measured and analysed but unfortunately no reliable cross matchingbetween samples or known chronologies could be established. The timbers remain undatedat this time.
Acknowledgements
The author would like to acknowledge the Environment Agency Wales (EAW), Mowlemand McCarthy Plant, in particular Paul Hassan and Vicky Schlottmann (EAW), Bill Forttand Steve Lee (Mowlem) and Emmerson Williams (McCarthy Plant) for their willingassistance and interest during the course of this project.The project was managed by Kate Howell BSc AIFA and the fieldwork was undertaken byRichard Lewis BA, Andrew Sherman BA, Paul Huckfield BA and Charina Jones BSc of GGAT Contracts. The report was prepared by Richard Lewis and illustrations by PaulJones and the finds were processed and identified by Steve Sell BA and Andrew ShermanBA.Thanks are also due to Neil Maylan BA MIFA of the Glamorgan-Gwent ArchaeologicalTrust, Curatorial Division, the archaeological advisor to Newport City Council and theEnvironment Agency Wales, for advice and archaeological background knowledge.Special thanks are due to Robert Howard, University of Nottingham, fordendrochronological sampling and analysis.
Copyright notice
The copyright of this report is held by the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd,which has granted an exclusive licence to the Environment Agency Wales (EAW) and theiragents to use and reproduce the material it contains. Ordnance Survey mapping isreproduced under license AL 10005976; annotations are GGAT copyright.
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