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A map is shown of the first Roman road to be built in Britain, Watling Street, which ran between Richborough and Chester. Other famous Roman roads include Ermine Street, which ran from London to York, and Fosse Way, which ran from Ilchester to Lincoln. The Romans had built over 8,000 miles of roads over Britain by the end of the first century and the clip shows how the roads were built by Roman soldiers.
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4 June 2007

Classroom Ideas

Pupils could create their own map of Roman roads. They could use websites and an atlas to see if they can still find any Roman roads in use today. What would the characteristics of a Roman road be? The children could then make their own cross-section of a Roman road.

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