Archaeologists have found a previously unknown Roman fort
underground at a park in West Wales.
The discovery on National Trust land at Dinefwr Park near
Llandeilo could greatly improve understanding of the history of the
Special mapping techniques were used to identify the fort below
the surface, although its exact location is being kept a secret to
allow for further research.
One day it is hoped the site could become a flurry of activity
as the hidden community is uncovered.
Cambria Archaeology was commissioned by the National Trust to
undertake surveys of the parkland. Emma Plunkett Dillon, an archaeologist with the National Trust,
said: "Hints over many years had suggested that there was Roman
activity in the area."
"We have been able to take advantage of archaeological
techniques which allow us to discover what is beneath the surface
without actually having to disturb the ground in any way. We ended up with such a clear picture we could identify the
ramparts and the street layout."
At Dinefwr a square or rectangular fort, only part of which was
detected up by the survey, is overlain by a smaller rectangular fort
apparently packed with buildings and streets.