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What did the Romans ever do for Gloucester?

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Gloucester have opened their doors to a team of archaeologists who are analysing the famous turf to establish whether or not the widely-held belief that the ground was built on Roman remains is true.

This initiative stems from the West Country club's desire to redevelop the stadium – increasing the current capacity of 11,000 to 15,000 – a plan that could be delayed if any important ancient artefacts are discovered under the pitch.

"The biggest threat to a new stadium at Kingsholm has always been the content of the soil, but this is the first major step forward," Gloucester Chief Executive Ken Nottage told The Citizen newspaper.

"Although research has already been carried out, and the archaeologists are already aware of what is there, we cannot afford to take any chances.

"They will dig trial holes over five percent of the affected area in front of the grandstand and behind the Shed because this is the biggest threat to development.

"We are working to such a tight schedule with this and although my understanding is they will not find anything, they have to be sure."

Gloucester – known as Glevum during the Roman era – was originally a military outpost on the very edge on the Roman empire but gradually became one of the most important cities in Britain as an elite settlement for illustrious retired soliders.

In addition to huge walls and gates, Glevum was also noted for its culture, including magnificent civic buildings, statues, and luxurious private homes.

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