The Mesolithic Period

History of Latvia between 9000 BC - 3001 BC

Archaeologists and historians consider that the first inhabitants of the Baltic lands, who began to populate them immediately after the Ice Age, (about 9,000 B.C.), were hunters, but the forms of culture of the so-called Stone Age were as yet too primitive to allow of conclusions about the ethnic relations of this people.

Reference: Latvians.com

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.