The discovery of the fort at Cripplegate after the Second World War revolutionised our understanding of Roman London. Redevelopment between 1995 and 2000 presented a unique opportunity to re-examine the sites. Bronze Age field ditches were sealed by early Roman domestic buildings contemporary with the nearby timber amphitheatre. The 2nd-century AD masonry fort’s barrack could have accommodated a larger garrison than the governor’s bodyguard. The fort’s buildings went out of use at the end of the 2nd century and the area was entirely abandoned in the 3rd or 4th century. Burgage plots were established after 1050 and 12th-century development included buildings with cellars and evidence for bone working and metalworking.
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