INTRODUCTION: Archaeologist believe they have found the hub of the Roman Empire in Britain.
GV TILT DOWN FROM Monument TO site
SV PULL BACK TO GV Foundations (2 shots)
CU PULL OUT TO GV Pier brace with site manager's voice-over)
SV Artist impressions of Roman bridge building
GV PAN Artists impression of Roman bridge
GV President-day London bridge
MILNE: "Now that structure we think is the pier brace for the original Roman London Bridge. That's the structure which would have supported the column on which the carriageway of the Roman bridge itself would have been supported. The carriageway itself would have been running two metres higher than the site, two or three metres higher, perhaps just underneath the present line of Fish Street Hill itself, which is the road behind the hoarding on the western side of the site."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: INTRODUCTION: Archaeologist believe they have found the hub of the Roman Empire in Britain. They are almost certain they have uncovered the remains of the Roman bridge across London's River Thames. The site is near the existing London Bridge close to the centre of the British capital.
SYNOPSIS: Located amid more modern monuments, the site was uncovered by a team from the Museum of London. They found the remains on a building site just 10 metres (30 feet) beneath the city traffic. The archaeologist think they have solved the last great mystery of Roman London.
Most of the area is still covered with rubble. But the team is almost certain they have uncovered one of the bridge's foundation piers. It will take a year of tests to confirm the age of the wood. Site manager, Gustav Milne, explains:
The bridge was probably built around 60 AD as part of a wharf system for London.
After the Roman invasion in 43 AD, Britain was exploited through London with the bridge at the centre of it all, just as the bridges of today are.