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Romans invade Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean

Roman enactors will be at Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean

Roman enactors will be at Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean

Symonds Yat Rock will be echoing again to the sounds of a Roman invasion on Sunday May 22 ,when roman soldiers and an iron age warriors meet again on the ancient hillfort site.

Organised by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit and Overlooking the Wye Landscape Partnership Scheme, in partnership with the Forestry Commission, the Iron Age Rampage,will show how the area was in a period of change and conflict in AD 49, six years after the Roman invasion. 

Roman and Iron Age re-enactors  Vicus and Legion V111 Avgvista will be holding living history demonstrations about the weaponry of Roman Britain in a time when the struggle to subdue the neighbouring Silurian tribe and their leader, the infamous British chieftan Caractacus, was at it’s peak. The living history demonstrations will also feature Iron Age and Roman food, clothing, weaving, dyeing and mosaics as well as children’s activities and stories.

The event will also feature an Archaeology Roadshow, where you can bring your own archaeological artefacts for the experts to identify and discover how archaeological recording is carried out..

This is the second of the events held by the Wye Valley AONB to celebrate 40 years since designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It will also be marking the end of the Heritage Lottery Funded partnership project, Overlooking the Wye, which will mark the successful culmination of work on forty sites throughout the Wye Valley and will reflect its four themes of hidden industry, viewpoints, river connections and hill forts.

The family event is free but there will be a car parking charge in operation.

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