I've seen many Roman ruins across France, Italy and Spain. Here in the UK there are ruins but not as easy to see. In Birmingham was a Roman Fort in the Edgbaston area. Now under the path between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB. Information signs gives you details on the site! 

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Metchley Roman Fort between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB





I've seen many Roman ruins across France, Italy and Spain. Here in the UK there are ruins but not as easy to see. In Birmingham was a Roman Fort in the Edgbaston area. Now under the path between the University of Birmingham and the QEHB. Information signs gives you details on the site! 


On my travels I've seen visible Roman ruins. Recently went to Tarragona in Spain and was many Roman ruins there. An Amphitheatre, Circus, Forum etc (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). I also saw Roman ruins in Barcelona under the History of Barcelona Museum. 

Last year (2018) saw a Roman Theatre, Cistern (went down a spiral staircase for that) and Acropolis (that was Etruscan) in Volterra, Italy. Went to the Roman Forum in Rome back in 2006. Was also a Roman Theatre in Vienne, France that I saw in 2017.

In the UK, I've seen Roman ruins in Dorchester, Dorset but ruins just visible above the ground. That visit in April 2012 to the Dorchester Roman Town House. More recently in Colchester, Essex was some Roman walls, and evidence of a Roman Theatre. Colchester was the 1st Roman City developed, although it's just a town now. 

Various museums around Europe have Roman artifacts / columns etc, including at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Also seen marble busts of Roman Emperors in museums. 

Here in Birmingham you don't have to travel far. Get buses to the QEHB or University Station. And between those was Metchley Roman Fort!

First 5 photos taken during February 2013. 

First up this sign about the Fort detailing the Roman street of Via Decumana. It was a significant place over 2000 years ago. 

This path along the line of what was Via Decumana.  The moder path between the University and hospital intersects the line of the historic road. 

On this sign about the Fort being built in AD 48. But was only occupied for 10 years. Years later converted into a Fort on a smaller scale. 

Near the site of the North Gate of Metchley Roman Fort. The modern plaza had been designed to reflect Birmingham's heritage. 

This sign by the site of the Eastern defences of the Fort. There was an earth bank and ditches here. 

The next two photos taken in August 2015.

Over the years I keep walking between the QEHB and the University of Birmingham (or vice versa) and keep going past the Metchley Roman Fort site. This sign detailing it being one of the oldest archaeological sites in Birmingham! There was two forts on this site, but both were short lived. 

Sign taken before. But without my shadow. Sometimes forget what I've taken before, especially if taking signs like this again! Various finds on the site including pots. Also details of the Bronze Age and Post Medieval period. 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown

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