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Lunt Roman Fort

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The earliest evidence for occupation at the Lunt site has been dated to around the time of the Boudican rebellion in AD60 - AD61. The Lunt is close to the junction of two major Roman roads, the Fosse Way and Watling Street. This whole area appears to have been a highly militarised zone with forts at Wall (Letocetum), Mancetter (Manduessedum), Alcester (Alauna) and Metchley. Tacitus recorded that the whole army was kept mobilised during the winter to quell any remnants of the Boudican uprising.

Contact Details Opening Times
The Lunt Roman Fort During Spring and Summer 11.00am - 4.00pm  Tuesday to Friday 
Coventry Road Coventry School Holidays
Baginton School and group visits can be made between February and early December each year, Wednesday to Friday.
Warwickshire
CV8 3AJ We are not open to the public during the weekends.
  
Tel: 024 7678 6142 Adult £3.75
Fax: 024 7630 3567 Concessions £3.00
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £11.00
www.luntromanfort.org Children under 4 years FREE
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The fort sits on a high plateau with a steep wooded slope overlooking the river Sowe. The site's defensive situation and its proximity to a crossing point in the river made it an ideal location for a Roman fort. The river would have provided a source of fresh water and the Forest of Arden supplies of timber for building.

In AD64 the fort was reduced in size and the gyrus constructed.  The gyrus is a circular enclosure which was probably used for training horses.  Towards the end of the AD70s the number of barrack blocks at the fort was reduced. This may have been due to the transfer of troops to deal with an uprising by the Silures, a tribe in south Wales.
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Archaeological investigations have uncovered small amounts of Roman armour and horse equipment suggesting that cavalry units were stationed at the Lunt. Based on the number of barrack blocks, it has been estimated that approximately 480 foot soldiers and 120 cavalry soldiers resided at the fort.

In AD79 Agricola became governor of Britain and there was a move northwards to conquer the whole of the island. The fort was finally abandoned and dismantled around AD80, and before long, the site was forgotten.

Archaeological exploration of the site began in the 1930s and by the 1960s it was decided to partially reconstruct the fort.  The Royal Engineers were called in and they rebuilt the Eastern Gateway, the gyrus and one of the granaries.  The fort was opened to the public in the 1970s.

The Lunt Roman Fort makes an excellent and educational visit for families. You can explore the fort, stand on the ramparts (The sections next to the gateway), discover the exhibition in the Granary and imagine yourself training horses in the gyrus.  We hold events for families during the school holidays and occasionally Roman Army and Roman life re-enactments – see our website, www.luntromanfort.org, for details. All events are included within the entrance fee, unless otherwise stated.

Access
The Lunt is accessible to visitors with disabilities, although the gravel near the entrance is deep and difficult to push a wheelchair or pushchair through.  There are pathways throughout the site, ramped access to the museum and adapted toilet facilities.


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