One of the most important archaeological sites in the North East is up for sale.
Binchester Roman town near Bishop Auckland is being sold by the Church Commissioners. Auckland Castle Trust say they fear it may fall into the hands of developers and have put in a £2m bid to buy the site.
But the Church Commissioners say fears of development on the site are “a scare story” and it is protected not just by the landowner but by the County Council, English Heritage and the Secretary of State.
Binchester, just outside Bishop Auckland, has some of Britain’s best-preserved Roman remains, including a bath house with seven-foot walls and painted plaster. Read more.
Archaeologists at a Roman fort in Northumberland more used to finding coins, weapons and tools have found a 2,000-year-old perfectly preserved wooden toilet seat.
Dr Andrew Birley, one of the experts at Vindolanda fort on Hadrian’s Wall, believes it is the only find of its kind.
The site has previously revealed gold and silver or artefacts which relate to the military might of the Roman army, as well as everyday items like letters, shoes and babies’ booties.
Dr Birley, who is director of excavations at the fort, made the discovery himself in a muddy trench which was previously filled with historic rubbish. Read more.
Hundreds of people in Canterbury took to the city’s Westgate Parks, to take part in an archaeological dig that uncovered Roman artefacts, treasures, and Britain’s oldest road.
Over six hundred people stopped by the community dig over the three-day weekend, to see some of the amazing finds unearthed by more than seventy members of the community, volunteers from the Friends of Westgate Parks, and members of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust.
The dig unearthed a part of the Roman Watling Street, the ancient trackway between Canterbury and St Albans. Read more.
Villagers living in the shadow of a Roman settlement are set to discover new links to the past as archaeologists begin to dig up their gardens.
Evidence has revealed the town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund, near Norwich, extends “substantially” beyond the current archaeological site.
Over the weekend, experts are digging test pits to determine the extent of Roman occupation in the area.
It is hoped the work will reveal more about life there before the Romans.
Dr Will Bowden, from the University of Nottingham, which is working with the Norfolk Archaeological Trust, has specialised in the site for the last eight years. Read more.
A 2,000-year-old kitchen, which dates back to the late Roman era, has been discovered in the ancient city of Sagalassos in the southern province of Burdur.
Excavations in the ancient city started in early June, but the discovery of the kitchen was only reported last month.
“The kitchen was completely unearthed. We will learn in great detail about the kitchen culture present in that era. This is a very detailed scientific work. Not only archaeologists, but also anthropologists, zoologists and botanists are working together [on this project],” said Professor Jereon Poblome, head of excavations.
“There are no tiles on the ground, only soil. The understanding of hygiene was different in the late Roman era. Ergonomically, it is a difficult kitchen for us [to use], but they became used to it. They use to put coal in the middle and a pot on it with bulgur and meat inside. Read more.
Fragments of Roman pottery and food waste from the 18th century have been uncovered during work to replace Lancaster’s sewer system.
Engineers working for United Utilities had to tread carefully when working at the Damside Street site, as the area was subject to archaeological monitoring, due to the now culverted Lancaster mill race running through the site.
Enormous sewer pipes and underground storage tanks the size of Olympic swimming pools have now been carved out deep underground, in one of the biggest engineering schemes Lancaster has seen. The £18m project will enhance the city’s sewer system, in order to reduce river pollution. Read more.
AN archaeological dig in Anstey has revealed new clues about the village’s past.
Test pits dug around Anstey revealed the foundations of demolished cottages from two different periods, animal bones, and Roman pottery.
The items spanned two thousand years of the village’s history, the majority from the 11th or 12th century onwards.
Some test pits also contained fragments of flint from early tool making.
The dig was part of the Charnwood Roots project, which is exploring how people lived, worked and enjoyed the Charnwood area across the centuries. Read more.
HISTORIANS today called for an investigation after links to Wearside’s ancient past were unearthed on a building site.
Fragments of 2,000-year-old Roman pottery have been recovered during “deeper excavation works” on the site of the new £11.8million city square.
Council bosses have pledged to produce a report on the finds – to be archived at The Great North Museum in Newcastle – once the work on the project is completed.
But local historians are calling for an in-depth archaeological survey of the area to be carried out now – to prevent Wearside’s possible links to Roman times being buried. Read more.