Week Three: 29th July

This week it has become clear that the Roman activity in the excavation area was relatively short lived. All of the buildings seem to belong to a single phase. This may be because the site was on the outskirts of the town, even though major public buildings stood only a few hundred yards away. The buildings seem to have been systematically demolished in the late Roman or post-Roman period.

236 A later copy of a coin of the Emperor Probus (AD 276–282)

The stones were not removed during that time but were then robbed in the 17th century. Because of this the discovery of the end of a stone column is a surprise find.

251 This stone column was probably the end of a roof support

After experts have looked at the finds, public talks will be given and a report will be written. The finds will be given to the County Museum in High West Street.

239 Part of a bronze hairpin. Roman women often had elaborate hairstyles that were held by in place by pins.

238 Archaeologists excavating down to Roman times