Roman artefacts discovered in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 June 2016

The finding is believed to be a Roman pottery kiln.

The finding is believed to be a Roman pottery kiln.

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Work on a housing development in Congresbury took an unexpected turn when evidence of Roman archaeology was unearthed on the site in question.

Developer Sunley is building 38 homes off Cobthorn Way and an archaeological excavation was carried out by Sunley, North Somerset Council and the village’s YCCCART archaeology group.

The excavation found evidence of a Roman pottery kiln, pictured, along with evidence of pottery making and iron smelting.

The council’s acting archaeologist, Daniel Smith, told the Mercury wider excavations would hopefully take place at the site later in the year, despite the risk this could pose to building the development on time.

He said: “As this has been a controversial development, this is the silver lining of what most people see as a black cloud. We are learning a bit more about the past of Congresbury and local volunteers can get involved in the next excavation.”

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