Archaeologist discovers a trading town in Rome on the HS2 route in England

Archaeologists working on the HS2 route have discovered how the village of Iron Age in Northamptonshire developed into a wealthy Roman trading town.

Evidence found during excavations near the village of Chipping Warden is that a settlement believed to have been established around 400 BC, consisting of more than 30 roundhouses, expanded to about 300 years in Roman times. It shows that-in 400 AD, new stone buildings and new roads have emerged.

Known as the Black Ground because of the black soil found there, it is one of the more than 100 places surveyed by archaeologists between London and Birmingham since 2018, experts said. It’s one of the places. “

Archaeologists have found more than 300 Roman coins along wide roads. This suggests that the commerce of the region became important as the village developed into a wealthy town.

The 10 meter wide road also showed that the settlement would have been very busy with traffic.

Archaeologists have found that the settlement is divided into national and industrial areas, with evidence of workshops, kilns and well-preserved wells.

Roman coins found during excavation
Roman coins found during excavation (HS2 / PA)

The earth is bright red on some parts of the site and may have been used for activities involving incineration, such as bakery, metalworking foundries, and kilns.

Other relics found during the excavation include glass containers, highly decorative pottery, jewelery, and even traces of galena, a substance that has been crushed and mixed with oil and used as cosmetics. Was highlighted.

Half-set bondage has also been found, suggesting criminal activity or slave labor in the area.

James West, site manager for MOLA Headland Infrastructure, who is discovering the site, said:

“A particular highlight for me is understanding the new story of Blackgrounds, which I now know is spanning multiple periods.

“Discovering such a well-preserved large Roman road and many high-quality discoveries is extraordinary and tells us a lot about the people who lived here.

“This site really has the potential to change our understanding of the landscape of this region and beyond.”

Mike Court, Chief Archaeologist at HS2, said: I have a deep understanding of iron and what life was like in the countryside of southern Northamptonshire during the Roman period. “

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