Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

‘Most important’ archaeological finds for a century found in village

13:00 24 October 2012

A plate

A plate

Bristol Water

ARCHAEOLOGICAL finds described as ‘the most important’ to be discovered in North Somerset for 100 years have been unearthed in Banwell.

Bristol Water has been laying a seven-kilometre, £3.6million main between Banwell and Hutton, and archaeologists employed to investigate remains along the work route discovered a horde of Roman artefacts in the village.

Bristol Water’s Jeremy Williams said of the discovery: “We are told that the finds rewrite the known interpretation of Roman Banwell and are of regional significance.”

Among the discoveries was what appears to be a Roman cemetery containing several human burials, 9,000 pieces of pottery, several copper brooches and a coin from the reign of Roman emperor Constantine the Great.

As well as the cemetery, which seems to show a shift in Roman practice from cremating the dead to burying them, there is also evidence of earlier, possibly Iron Age agricultural activity around the site.

It is thought the cemetery was linked to the villa of a wealthy landowner, as opposed to a larger settlement.

Mr Williams said: “The archaeologists are very excited about their finds, which they have made despite bad weather turning the area into a sea of mud at times

“The excavation has been described as potentially the most important for 100 years in North Somerset.”

Many of the finds will be on show at an event hosted by the Banwell Society of Archaeology at the village hall in Westfield Road at 7.30pm on November 19.

1 comment

  • Wow, that is absolutely incredible. Also, the lack of comments on this article compared to meaningless articles about an abandoned building known as the tropicana is depressing to say the least.

    Report this comment

    CharlieChalk

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 20:00

As the spring season draws ever-closer, community groups in one North Somerset village are looking for people to help tidy up their neighbourhood in anticipation of longer days and warmer weather.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

A Weston-super-Mare charity ran a multi-activity camp to get children out and active during the school holidays.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:59

‘Very slow’ rush-hour traffic is building up on the M5 after a vehicle broke down.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

A group of neighbours have banded together to tidy up their community and are encouraging others to do the same.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:30

Weston head coach Scott Bartlett has expressed pride at his side’s performance away at Hampton and Richmond on Saturday but says it was not a surprise with the quality in the team.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

North Somerset Council is hoping to attract more overseas tourists to Weston and other parts of the district.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:56

A man has been arrested after a large fight broke out in Weston-super-Mare on Saturday – but police want to speak to another in connection with the incident.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Brides-to-be looking to save money ahead of their big day can now pick up a bargain at a Weston Hospicecare shop.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:35

Ice is expected to form on roads in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset later today (Monday), leading to difficult driving conditions.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:46

A man has been arrested after a fire broke out at a flat in Weston-super-Mare yesterday (Sunday).

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder