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Queen Boudica Earthquake

It was an awesome David and Goliath battle waged two thousand years ago that shook the Roman Empire.
And now, the riddle of Queen Boudicca's victory over her mighty foe on East Anglian soil has taken a new tumble and twist that could rewrite the history books.
A study by a leading archaeologist has revealed that a previously unknown earthquake shook the southeast of England at the time the Iceni tribe led their rebellion - bringing a sign of divine approval for Boudicca and a bad omen for her opponents.

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Queen Boudica

Archaeologists believe they may have found the final battle site for the warrior queen Boudica - on the site of a McDonald's restaurant.

Having spent her life in fierce resistance to one empire - the Romans - her last stand is thought to have been overshadowed by another one, this time corporate.
Having found ancient artefacts where new houses and flats are due to be built, experts have now asked the local authority to allow a full excavation of the area.

Little is known about Boudica's last fight, or the way in which she died, but it is widely believed to have taken place in the West Midlands. The site unearthed by experts, in Kings Norton, Birmingham, lies close to the line of a Roman road, and fits many of the few facts available.

The Queen (Until recently, was known as Boadicea) of the Iceni tribe, the ancient native Britons, had a final showdown with Governor General Suetonius Paulinus in 61 AD. Her 200,000 soldiers were annihilated by just 10,000 legionaries, ending the British rebellion.
One of the most popular theories is that afterwards Boudica killed herself by drinking from a poisoned chalice.
According to the Roman historian Tacitus, prior to battle Paulinus deliberately protected his legions by choosing a hilly area virtually surrounded by trees with a single opening.
Experts from Birmingham city council believe the Parsons Hill site matches this description with its landscape and mature woodland, and artefacts found in the dig indicate that Roman soldiers may have been there. The area of land next to the McDonald's is also near the Metchley Roman fort.

Parsons Hill

Latitude 52.408381 Longitude -1.917908

"I find it very exciting to think we may unearth something so intriguing right here in Birmingham. It would be bizarre if it is discovered Boudica's last stand was next door to a McDonald's, but the site does fit the only descriptions we know of. It is on the route to Metchley, the Roman fort discovered in Birmingham and, if only because of this, it represents a real possibility. It is even more encouraging when you consider the evidence and well-preserved remains unearthed from trial trenches. The location itself matches previous historical descriptions of the battle site in that it is a hilly area surrounded by trees. It would be priceless if we found that this historic battle was fought outside a McDonald's fast food joint. I also hope the dig may unearth some evidence of what name the Romans gave Birmingham." - Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn, a conservationist.

"There's no doubt it's an important archaeological site. Whether it has anything to do with Boudica is nearly impossible to prove, but there are certainly Roman remains found there" - Dr Mike Hodder, Birmingham city council's senior archaeologist

"Obviously if a site next to one of our restaurants is found to be where Boudica fought her last battle then we would be quite excited. However, we'll have to wait and see what the archaeologists find" - A spokesman for McDonald's.

Boudica was married to King Prasutagus, who ruled over the Iceni - the tribe occupying East Anglia - but under Roman authority. Despite the king, in a flawed attempt to curry favour with the Romans, making Emperor Nero a co-heir to his estates, Nero provoked Boudica by forcing her people to endure conscription and pay heavy taxes.
The final outrage came when Prasutagus died in AD60 and the Romans annexed her dominions, flogging her in public and murdering and raping her family.
Boudica vowed to take on Nero and his legions and other tribes from all over south-east Britain joined her. After the Roman towns of London, St Albans and Colchester were burned to the ground, troops were called down from Lincoln as Boudica's warriors headed north and the armies clashed in the Midlands.


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