Puddletown Forest reveals Roman "super highway"

Romans often built to impress. This is believed to be the case with a 15 ft (3 m) high, 85 ft (26 m) wide road, built soon after the Roman invasion in the 1st century, that was discovered recently in the Puddletown Forest in Dorset, England. The road originally stretched from London to Exeter.

The road included "a central cobbled ‘street’, which would have been used for rapid troop movements, and outer ‘droving’ roads for livestock, as well as ditches for water drainage." It is surprisingly well-preserved and free of potholes, due to the fact that the area was never plowed, but left to revert to forest.

Peter Addison of English Heritage said, "It is absolutely huge and unlike anything I have ever seen. Here you have a large road with huge ditches either side. It is raised very high which is unusual. It is only speculation, but the height might have been to make a statement."