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Remains of Roman dwelling unearthed at Navenby dig

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: April 24, 2013

  • GETTING INVOLVED:Sian Sumners got involved in an archaeological dig for the first time at the site in Navenby.

  • ROMAN REMAINS:Two pieces of a third or fourth century mixing bowl and a Roman coin found at the dig on Saturday.

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WHAT appears to be the remains of a Roman dwelling has been unearthed on the first day of the Navenby archae- ological dig.

Bits of pottery and coins found at the scene on has confirmed that there was third or fourth century life at the location off High Dike.

Ian Cox, chairman of Navenby Archaeological Group (NAG), said: "What we have almost certainly got here is a collapsed or demolished Roman building.

"Even at this early stage we can tell that there could well have been people living here. The evidence from bits of pottery we've found is dated around the third or fourth century.

"Pottery that would have been used for food preparation has been found - we would not find bits like this had the area been used to keep animals for example."

The dig which has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund is taking place until September at the site which was once a major highway between Ancaster and Lincoln.

It is thought the area was used by the Romans as a mid-way point between the two areas and there could have been services such as taverns, bakeries or blacksmiths located there.

Sian Sumners, a new member of NAG, joined in with the dig on Saturday and helped find pottery as well as a bit of animal bone and an animal tooth.

She said: "It's really exciting I've wanted to get involved with something like this for ages but have never had the opportunity."

The local community are encouraged to get involved in the dig but anyone wishing to visit the excavation must email: contact@navenbyarchgp.org.uk or ring 01522 810029. Visits are by appointment only, and must be registered prior to the date.

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