Sunday, December 30, 2012



BRITISH archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Roman theatre dating back 2,000 years - literally right in the back yard of the Kent Archaeological Field School.

Dr Paul Wilkinson, founder of the School, believes it is the first of its kind to be found in Britain, according to a report in the DAILY MAIL.

The theatre with a nearly circular cockpit-style orchestra, which would have seated 12,000 people. It  was found in Faversham, Kent - just behind Dr Wilkinson's back garden where his field school is based.

The site shows activity dating back to the Bronze Age, but it is the Roman theatre - which would have been used for religious occasions - that has really excited history buffs.

Dr Wilkinson is fighting to preserve the unique find for future generations and has applied for it to become an ancient monument site.

He told the Daily Mail: "It really is an amazing find, the first one in Britain, and it is just beyond my garden. This is a unique and wonderful discovery, not only for Faversham but for all of Britain.

"The theatre could have held 12,000 people and we are going to request for it to become an ancient monument site because it is so important and we can preserve it for future generations.

"It would have been a religious sanctuary for the Romans. They would have held religious festivals there. It is called a cockpit theatre.

"There are 150 of them in northern Europe, but none in Britain until now. We were not expecting it."

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