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Tools and technology
in Roman Britain

Milestone

Height: 167.000 cm

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Milestone

From: Llanfairfechan, Gwynedd, Wales
Date: AD 120-211

This milestone is as tall as a person, although about half a metre would have been buried in the ground. The writing would have been easier to read in Roman times as it was picked out in red paint. It tells travellers that they are eight miles from the Roman fort of Kanovium (Caerhun) in Wales. You can see the Roman numerals VIII (eight) at the end of the inscription.

The milestone is evidence of the famous road network set up by the Romans, with its clear signs and straight roads. Some of our modern roads still follow sections of old Roman roads, such as Watling Street from Dover to Chester, and Ermine Street from London to York.