History enthusiasts can find out more about life in Roman Britain by visiting the University of Reading’s Silchester Roman Town Open Days on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 9 this year.
Silchester experts will give tours and talks during the free open days and children can dress-up as Celts or Romans and take part in a mini excavation as well as handle some fascinating finds.
The Roman town, which was founded in the first century AD, was built on the site of an Iron Age town, Calleva. The Roman amphitheatre and town walls are some of the best preserved in Britain, and are open to the public. The town was abandoned some time after 400AD for reasons that are not fully understood. This makes it one of only six Roman towns in Britain that are not still populated. Read more.
Excavating two large trenches near Bishop Auckland, experts say a silver ring from the site evidences Christianity in Roman Britain.
The walls of the bath, where features such as a bread oven nod to an important social as well as recreational space, would once have been covered with brightly-coloured paint designs, with the original floor, doorways, window openings and an inscribed altar dedicated to the Roman Goddess, Fortune the Home-bringer, also surfacing.
“The form of the ring and the shape of the stone seem to indicate a 3rd century date,” says Dr David Petts, who is coordinating a project which has entered a fifth week in its sixth year of investigations. Read more.
A suspected ritual pit from Roman times, containing a cow’s skull, horse bones and possibly puppy bones, has been uncovered during an archaeological dig.
The exciting discovery was made during a three-week dig in Church Meadow at the site of an important Roman road, Stane Street, in Ewell.
Nearby at the Roman ritual site of Hatch Furlong, archaeologists have previously excavated deep shafts containing the remains of cats and dogs.
Nikki Cowlard, site director of the Church Meadow Project, said that the Romans would not have normally thrown away horse bones. Read more.
A member of the public looking in a Derbyshire cave has led experts to the first ever discovery of Late Iron Age and Republic Roman Coins buried together in Britain, described by archaeologists as akin to a modern savings account held in a sacred space known only by well-off tribespeople.
A powerful member of the Corieltavi – who ruled the East Midlands during the 1st century, demonstrating prolific coin-making capabilities – is thought to have left his money within Reynard’s Kitchen Cave, where four initial coins grew to an impressive hoard during a full excavation by the National Trust.
“In total we found 26 coins, including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD 43,” says Rachael Hall, of the Trust, who believes their location adds to the mystery. Read more.
Archaeologists from Bournemouth have uncovered ancient burials during a dig near a Roman villa in north Dorset.
Staff and students from Bournemouth University unearthed five skeletons near a Roman Villa in Winterborne Kingston on Wednesday, June 15.
It’s thought the remains, which date back to the mid-4th century, could belong to three generations of the same family who owned the villa.
The skeletons of two adult males, two adult females and one elderly female were discovered at the farm, which is currently being excavated as part of the Durotriges Big Dig project. Read more.
A rare Roman coin dating back to the fourth century AD has been unearthed in north-western Russia, archaeologists say.
The copper coin was found on Friday (local time) at an excavation site in the Russian city of Veliky Novgorod located some 550 kilometres northwest of Moscow.
"The coin bears the image of a she-wolf with Romulus and Remus - the founders of Rome - on one side and the image of a Roman goddess on the other side," said Oleg Oleynikov, head of the excavation expedition.
The find is dated to the time of the founder of Constantinople, Constantine I, at the beginning of the fourth century AD, said Oleynikov. Read more.
During a magnetic archaeological survey under the Nile, 25km south of Rashid (Rosetta), a complete Roman city has been located.
The survey revealed that the city includes several structures including a huge rectangular building which archaeologists suggest could have been used for administrative or religious activities.
Part of the city is dated to the Hellenistic period and others to the late Hellenistic period and the beginning of the Roman era.
“It is a very important discovery that explores daily life in the Nile Delta during the Roman period,” said Antiquities Minister Mamdouh El-Damaty. Read more.
The stage walls and entrance of a Roman-era amphitheater in İzmir’s Kadifekale neighborhood, once covered by expropriated shanty houses, have been unearthed due to the efforts of the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality.
The municipality has issued an order of expropriation on a 12,900-squaremeter area to unearth the ruins of the amphitheater. So far, 137 title deeds covering an area of 11,115 square meters have been purchased and 175 buildings have been demolished. The judicial process for the expropriation of the last 15 buildings in the area is ongoing, municipal officials noted.
Archeologists will start working in the area once the demolition is over. Read more.