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Roman Dover

Map of the known remains of Roman Dover overlaid on the modern street plan.
It was about 9am on 26th August 55BC when Julius Caesar arrived off Dover with his invasion  fleet. From their ships the Romans could see a vast number of well armed Britons lining the  cliffs. Caesar decided to find a more suitable landing place, finally landing near Deal later the  same day. Roman Dover, the British port closest to the rest of the Roman Empire was a thriving town,  believed to have covered at least a five hectare area along the Dour valley. The Romans called the town DUBRIS after DUBRAS, the British name meaning 'waters'. The Roman town had a  large harbour, flanked by two lighthouses and three successive forts. The Classis Britannica,  the Roman Navy in Britain occupied one fort from AD130-208.   Until 1970 little was known about Roman Dover other than odd finds during building work in  the town centre.  That year plans for redevelopment between the Market Square and York  Street led to excavations which revealed some major remains of Dover’s Roman past. 
Roman Dover
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