A Roman road has been found by workers building a natural gas
pipeline across Wales.
The historic roadway was discovered in the Brecon Beacons, on
the path of the 190-mile (320km) National Grid pipe from Milford
Haven to Gloucestershire.
Neil Fairburn, archaeology project manager for National Grid,
said the road was found as digging began, but the pipe would still
have to cross it.
A local community councillor said he hoped the find would be
Mr Fairburn said the road, which he estimated as dating from the
first century AD, was in "a better condition than we would normally
find a Roman road", but a three metre section of it would be lost.
"It was in an area where we thought there might be a Roman road,
it's in close proximity to the Roman fort," he said.
"It is typical of Roman roads, it's one of those that link
mid-Wales, between the forts of Carmarthen and Llandeilo, through
Maridunum Demetarum (Carmarthen) was a Roman "civitas" or tribal
town of the Demetae tribe of Britons. The Romans established a
presence here in AD 75 with a military fort, but the civitas
soon grew to include an amphitheatre (one of only seven surviving in
Britain), the remains of which are still visible.
In early 2003 a survey at Dinefwr Park revealed the remains of
two forts, built in the first century AD during the Roman conquest
The Roman army first entered Wales around AD 47, but it was not
until the early AD 70s that a concerted programme of conquest led to
the establishment of a network of forts across the country.