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An 8th-century Mercian bridge over the Trent at Cromwell, Nottinghamshire, England

  • Chris Salisbury (a1)

Heavyweight civil engineering in Romanized Europe means Roman, one thinks naturally enough. A tree-ring date now identifies a timber-framed bridge pier, previously thought Roman, as dating to the first half of the 8th century AD — Mercian, and the earliest known Saxon bridge in Britain.

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