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Roman Verulamium Roman Verulamium was the third largest city in Roman Britain. It was in St Albans in Hertfordshire. It is now known as a park and agricultural land. The city had a theatre and many other leisure places such as the forum and shops. In this coursework i am going to find out whether, "Roman Verulamium was a carefully planned and prosperous city. It was almost certainly an important economic and administrative centre." At Roman Verulamium I saw ditches, remains of walls which were made from brick, concrete and flint and the foundation of where the gates to the city used to be. There was a defensive ditch was dug up and the Earth was used to make the Earth bank behind the city wall to support it even more. This shows me that Verulamium was near about well planned. There were two towers and four entrances in between. Two of the entrances were narrow, and the other two were broad. The broad entrances may have been used for carts, carriages, horses and imports, and maybe the narrow for pedestrians. This shows us that the traffic getting in and out of the town may have been quite busy, as to having different sizes of entrances built. ...read more.


Source one (taken from 'Verulamium' museum guidebook) tells us as well that, 'the work is not finished,' and 'only a third of the area inside the town walls has been explored.' Knowing this we can not fully rely on the map, as the work on the investigation of the city is incomplete. This now leaves us with incomplete evidence to say whether or not Verulamium was 'planned' or 'looked' like the map. There is evidence that suggests Roman Verulamium was a prosperous city. One reason for this was the burial rites. This was because the wealthy and rich would be buried in coffins made from the finest materials at the time, sandstone and lead. However the poorer people were all buried by being thrown into a ditch together. This shows prosperity as people could afford coffins made from the best materials, however the photograph of a cemetery with skeletons not in coffins but chucked in shallow graves and muddy ditches left to rot is evidence that not everyone in Verulamium were treated the same and had a prosperous life. At the museum I saw a coffin in which had a buried man init. ...read more.


Only 5 pieces were known to be found, although some of the inscriptions have been interpreted. The word, "Censori" indicates that there was some form of censoring, and the censoring could only be issued by a government. This suggests that Verulamium was probably a centre of administration. The word, "Mvniciprm" is a word in Latin, meaning Government. This also indicates that Verulamium was a centre of administration. The other word, "Caesar" indicates that he was part of the main control emperor being n the government. There is not much evidence to show that Verulamium was an administrative centre. In conclusion Roman Verulamium was a carefully planned and prosperous city. It was almost certainly an important economic and administrative centre. I agree with this statement for many reasons. Firstly it was carefully planned due to the gates, walls, ditches and the design of the city. Secondly the city was built next to Watling Street which made trade easy for them and also that the city was similar to Pompeii. This left the citizens of the city leading a healthy life and a wealthy one and thirdly because there is evidence of a basilica existed which was were the government offices were kept. ?? ?? ?? ?? DILLION PATEL 11E HISTORY COURSEWORK MRS ARATHOON ROOM 14 ...read more.

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