Pliny the Elder mentioned Colchester (Camulodunum) in his Natural History in 77AD, giving rise to the municipality’s claim to be the oldest recorded town in Britain. Colchester originated as a Celtic capital, dating back at least to the 1st century BC. Colchester was briefly the capital of Roman Britain and, in addition to being home of two of Britain’s, five Roman theaters, the town contains the remains of an 11th century castle constructed under orders from William the Conqueror. Will Colchester get the respect it deserves in ArchaeoMadness?
A coastal community on the Adriatic Sea, Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. Early settlements in the area date back to the Neolithic and the city traces its origin to the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians from the 4th century BC. Zadar spent considerable periods of time under Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian rule. Will the waters of the Adriatic wash away the site’s competition in ArchaeoMadness?