Herefordshire Council’s archaeology service has found a number of amazing Roman artefacts during a county dig.
The Roman Families Project archaeological dig took place throughout July in Credenhill, which is a little known site of Roman importance, using funding from the Herefordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The project aimed to engage with local communities, school children and the armed forces community in Herefordshire by inviting them to explore the Roman history located on our doorstep through workshops and an archaeological dig.
Prior to the dig commencing, a number of workshops were held for primary school pupils from across the county, who learned about the Iron Age, the region’s Roman history, handled and identified Roman pottery artefacts, carried out an archaeological geophysical survey and even met a Roman soldier!
The geophysical survey which the pupils helped to complete revealed the buried remains of a large rectangular structure with multiple rooms set around a central courtyard and surrounded by a ditch.
Using the survey as a guide, 152 volunteers from across the county helped to excavate, sieve, clean and record the discovered Roman artefacts.
The results of the dig were quite spectacular with a number of artefacts being discovered such as glass beads and pottery imported from France and Germany. A pottery kiln was also unearthed which, for the exception of its domed lid, was fully intact. This is an incredibly rare find and to date is the only one found in the region.
The main find however, was the remains of a wealthy high status Roman farm dating from the second or third century AD, which appeared to have been ‘robbed’ before it was abandoned.
Councillor Peter Sinclair-Knipe, chair of the Herefordshire Armed Forces Community Covenant Task Group, said: “We are delighted that the Community Covenant Grant has funded such a worthwhile project, which not only brought the military and local communities together, but also unearthed a wealth of important Roman artefacts in Herefordshire. I am also extremely pleased that so many local school children had the opportunity to be involved in such an amazing discovery and learned valuable information about the county’s Roman past.”
A BIG thank you to project manager Christopher Atkinson, community / landscape archaeologist with Community Heritage and Archaeology Consultancy for all his hard work and dedication to produce such a fantastic project and results.
All photographs are copyright of Christopher Atkinson and the geophysical survey is courtesy of Community Heritage and Archaeology Consultancy.