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Large Roman Auditorium Discovered in England

Monday, January 07, 2013

FAVERSHAM—A Roman auditorium that may have seated as many as 12,000 people has been found built into a hillside in England. The 2,000-year-old theater featured a narrow stage with holes that may have allowed flooding and aquatic shows, and an orchestra pit for choruses. Paul Wilkinson, director of the Kent Archaeological Field School, says that it is the first such large theater to have been unearthed in Britain. “It shows that architectural practices in continental Europe at the time did seep over into Britain,” he adds.