The City Gate to Chester. Built by the Roman Empire from the year 70 AD.
In the foreground you can see the remains of a Roman Theatre, unearthed by road works.
The City of Chester was a Roman Garrison Town for about 200 years, until the "Fall of the Roman Empire." It sits at the entrance to the River Dee. Close to Nantwich, a huge source of underground salt, a precious commodity for preserving and cooking food in bygone times. Salt Beef. Salt Fish. Salted Nuts.
It gave us sayings like "A soldier not worth his salt" as many soldiers were paid in Salt.
And our present day "Salary" from the Latin for Salt.
ROMAN STONEWORK FOUND WITHIN THE CITY
The Romans gave us Plumbers with their metal "Lead Pipes" (from the Latin Plumbum -Lead) Aqueducts. Architecture. Flush Toilets. Metal Coins. Theatre. Medicine. Books and a thousand other things. Seen by many as the start of Modern Civilisation.
A SOLDIERS SALARY IN THE 2ND CENTURY WOULD INCLUDE ONE OF THESE.
Any guesses what it is ?