Roman port discovery "exceeds all expectations"

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Roman port near Newport, Wales, only the second of such ports known from Roman Britain. Excavation has revealed the main quay wall, as well as the landing stages and wharves.

Dr. Peter Guest, Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology who heads the excavation, said, "What we have found exceeds all expectations. We are excavating the remains of a previously unknown complex of important Roman buildings that survive remarkably well considering how long they have lain underground."

The 1st century fortress at Caerleon was known as Isca and was built to defend the Romans against the tribes of Wales and western Britain.