Puzzle over town's historic site

PUBLISHED: 06:40 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:20 24 May 2010

RESIDENTS in Axbridge are living on top of an important Roman site, but archaeologists do not know exactly where it is. Pieces of well-preserved Roman pottery keep cropping up in the area, according to Somerset County Council archaeologist Steve Membery.

RESIDENTS in Axbridge are living on top of an important Roman site, but archaeologists do not know exactly where it is.Pieces of well-preserved Roman pottery keep cropping up in the area, according to Somerset County Council archaeologist Steve Membery.Mr Membery, who visits building sites to assess their historical value, said: "Axbridge is a bit of a puzzle. We know there's a Roman site there, but we don't know where it is."We have found so much Roman pottery around which has never been associated with anything. There is red pottery from Gaul and grey pottery, which is probably locally produced."We've found it almost every time we have put a hole in the town, for example on a farm at the boundary between Cheddar and Axbridge."Kings of Wessex Community School in Cheddar is sat on a really large Roman villa of some description which is related to lead mining. The Axbridge site is going to be of a reasonably high status, some kind of agricultural settlement, probably a villa buried under modern Axbridge.

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