Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What did the Romans do for us?: Roman road unearthed under Dorchester car park

ARCHAEOLOGICAL excavations at a building site in Dorchester have uncovered remnants of the main Roman road through the town.
Experts have been digging at Bennett’s Court car park off Colliton Street, where two homes are being built as part of the redevelopment of the Stratton House former council office campus.
Mike Trevarthen, Peter Bellamy and their team from Terrain Archaeology have been working at the site for around three weeks and have discovered some fascinating traces of the town’s rich history dating back to its time as the Roman town of Durnovaria.
Mr Trevarthen said: “We have dug up the edges of what appears to be the main north to south street within the Roman town.
“We have got part of the road make up and several phases of road enlargement.
“We have also got the roadside drainage ditches.”
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