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Roman shRine Rutland Water

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Icurrent archaeology | t is ironic that conservation of the ecological world sometimes comes into conflict with preservation of our past. In the case of the Roman shrine discovered at Rutland Water, a major artificial reservoir opened in the heart of England in 1976, both have benefitted. In recent years the Rutland Water Habitat Creation Scheme has been one of Anglian

What happened inside Romano-British shrines? The surprise discovery of a well-preserved cult centre at Rutland Water is shedding new light on the mysterious rituals performed within, as Jim brown reveals.

above Overlooking the remains of a Roman shrine, found during the construction of a wildlife habitat in Rutland, with (inseT) a reconstruction of how it might have looked.

Water’s flagship projects. This is providing lagoons to maintain a wetland habitat for wildlife in an area celebrated as an internationally important nature conservation area, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area.

Until recently Rutland Water’s archaeological, and in particular its Roman, heritage has been

December 2013 |

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