A Roman fort lies underneath land off Flax Lane, Burscough
Historic England says the lines of the fort’s defences are clearly identifiable on geophysical survey and aerial photos
A 1st Century fort uncovered at a Burscough farm could be the key to understanding Roman activity in Lancashire.
After years of speculation about the presence of such a fort, ruins off Flax Lane have finally received recognition from Historic England.
The ruins comprise a 30,000 sq m fort, roads, and a smaller fortlet and experts believe the find will unlock unknown details of how the Romans settled and travelled around the area. Considered alongside other forts in the region, including those at Wigan and Ribchester, Burscough’s will provide great insight into Roman military strategy. It is believed that the area was occupied multiple times over the course of hundreds of years, a theory which is backed up by the variety of pottery found at the site.
Historic England says the lines of the fort’s defences are clearly identifiable on geophysical survey and aerial photos, but the north-west and south-west corners are also visible as slight earthworks on Lidar, which uses laser light reflections to produce 3D images.
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