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Walls of Caerwent (Venta Silurum)

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Duncan Feiges, Liam Dulany Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Aug 30, 2018 05:24 PM History
The city walls of Venta Silurum (modern Caerwent) are among the best-preserved Roman period city walls in Britain. The walls were constructed around the 3rd century CE, augmenting an earlier earthwork defense system, with external towers added in the mid 4th century.

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wall (of a city), city wall


The town of Venta Silurum was conquered in 74 C.E. by Sextus Julius Frontinus, but the city's defences were not constructed for at least another century. The walls that were later built around the town are some of the highest extant Roman walls in Britain, reaching up to 5.5m tall at the walkways. Its base is 3m wide, and tapers to 2m at the top of the walls. The wall was constructed in three stages from the late 2nd century to approximately 350 CE. The first stage consisted of the construction of a rampart and ditch (late 2nd c. CE), while the second phase was the construction of the stone wall (after 330 CE), the third and final phase included the construction of external towers/bastions (ca. 350 CE).

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Duncan Feiges, Liam Dulany, Jeffrey Becker, and Thomas Landvatter, 'Walls of Caerwent (Venta Silurum): a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 27 September 2023]

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