Traces of 1st or 2nd century Roman building found by archaeologists in Chester

By Culture24 Reporter | 30 November 2015

Foundations of building from nearly 2,000 years ago to be given to county museums

A photo of archaeologists working in a dark brown and stone pit
Archaeologists excavating the slots or cill beams at the junction of two walls in Chester© Cheshire West and Chester Council
A pair of beam slots from a Roman building have been found by archaeologists at a Chester car park during early work on a multi-million pound bus interchange planned for 2017.

Faint traces of Roman timber were originally discovered at Gorse Stacks during a test trenching exercise in 2002. The slots, which have now been removed from the site, will be given to Cheshire Museums Service once they have been analysed.

A photo of archaeologists working in a dark brown and stone pit
The dark lines in the natural clay subsoil represent the lines of cill beams that once formed the foundations for timber buildings dating to the Roman period© Cheshire West and Chester Council
“They would have formed the building’s foundations,” says Councillor Brian Clarke, of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

“Initial dating evidence suggests that the slots were erected some time during the late 1st or early 2nd century AD.

“The remains have been carefully removed and documented in line with our agreement with our archaeological contractor, Earthworks.

“All archaeological remains that may be discovered during the construction project will be recorded to help build a better understanding of the history of the site.”

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Three places to discover Roman remains in

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow
The permanent gallery, The Antonine Wall: Rome's Final Frontier, showcases the collection of spectacular monumental sculpture and other Roman artefacts recovered from the wall, built in 142. Exhibits include richly sculptured distance slabs, unique to the frontiers of the Roman Empire.

The Cardiff Story
A Port of Some Importance explains why people first settled in Cardiff and how their communities developed. Cardiff may look a modern city now, but peel back the layers and you can find lots of evidence of people in Cardiff from long ago. Hands-on activities help reveal the city's Bronze Age, Roman, Norman and Medieval past.

Museum of London Docklands
The permanent gallery, Thames Highway: AD43 - 1600, explores the early ports of London, from the arrival of the Romans to the historic ports of Norman and medieval London excavated at Billingsgate and Lower Thames Street.
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