Legend leads archaeologist to Roman discovery

As a little girl, Rose Ferraby listened to stories about a Roman amphitheatre near the village of Aldborough in northern England. Now her attention to his tale has paid off with the discovery of England's "lost" Roman cultural center.

Geomagnetic and ground radar have shown that Studforth Hill was the location of the amphitheatre, flanked by a sports stadium, giving further evidence that Aldborough might be the site of the cultural center of Britannia Inferior, the northern portion of Roman Britain.

"Its discovery leaves little doubt that Isurium Brigantium, as Aldborough was called in Roman times, was the civil capital of the Britons known as Brigantes, effectively the population between Derbyshire and Hadrian's Wall," said Martin Millett, professor of classical archaeology at Cambridge.