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Police warn that ‘night hawkers’ are digging up Roman fort in Caernarfon

24 Aug 2022 2 minute read
Segontium Roman Fort, Caernarfon. Picture by Otter (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Police have warned the public to keep an eye out after reports of ‘night hawkers’ digging up a Roman fort in Caernarfon.

The historic Segontium fort in the east of the town was one of the Roman’s most important military bases in Wales and survived until the end of their occupation of Britain.

Police however have warned that people armed with metal detectors may be attempting to claim some of the site’s historic heritage for themselves.

“We have received reports of night hawking at Segontium Fort, Caernarfon,” they said.

“Night hawking is the practice of illegal metal detecting at protected heritage sites. Hawkers have been digging at the site and we would ask that you report any such activity to us.”

Segontium Fort excavated in the 1970s. Picture by Sandy Gerrard (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Segontium was founded by Roman General Gnaeus Julius Agricola, who was responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain. After he had conquered the Ordovices he began building the fort in AD 77 or 78 on a spot that offered a good view of the Menai Strait to the west.

The fort was designed to hold about a thousand auxiliary infantry and was connected by road via Sarn Helen with the south of Wales and another Roman base at Chester to the east.

The A4085 to the village of Waunfawr now cuts through the middle of the site.

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1 year ago

“We seen ’em while eatin our chips in the van”…………………..

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One of the two witnesses
1 year ago

“Night Hawkers” seems such a Hollywood name for essentially fat thieving nerds with metal detectors.
The Archie’s have been over every square centimetre of that site.
The nerds are only gonna get some nails, some modern s**t and maybe some worthless old coins. There are so many Roman coins in circulation they are barely worth their scrap value, apart from the thrill of having some think to hold once owned by an invader to these shores.

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