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The Romans
The Roman settlement at Wareham underlies the modern town. Although no Roman roads are apparent, communication by water probably existed with the port at Hamworthy, and the River Frome may have been navigable in Roman times as far as Durnovaria (Dorchester).

There is a pottery-kiln nearby at Stoborough There are also substantial Roman buildings at Creech and Brenscombe. The Isle of Purbeck to the southeast was a hive of activity in Roman times, with shale quarries at Worbarrow, North Egliston, Kimmeridge, Encombe, Blashenwell Farm, Corfe and Worth Matravers. There were also stone quarries at Purbeck, and salt workings at Hobarrow Bay and others at Arne.

Being the nearest large settlement, a large amount of the managerial and bureaucratic workforce were probably housed at Wareham, and the activities were possibly centred there too. The settlement lies in an area which saw a lot of action during c.AD44/46, when Legio II Augusta under the command of Flavius Vespasianus (emperor AD69-79), subdued the Durotriges of Dorset. It is not impossible, therefore, that the settlement was preceded by a military camp of some kind.
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Roman Coins
In 1994 a Roman coin hoard (antoniniani and denarii) was found at the Bestwall site in mint condition and dated from 117-272 AD. The hoard consisted of 1564 coins.
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