Prehistoric and Roman remains found in South Yorkshire

Graves from a Roman cemetery and buried prehistoric artefacts are among the discoveries identified in the latest searches by theSouth Yorkshire Archaeological Service. 

Excavation of a cremation urn in Doncaster [Credit: Sheffield City Council]
Experts from the service carry out examinations of proposed development sites around the county to ensure secrets from the past are not misses. 

One of their latest discoveries involved checking aerial photographs of land earmarked for a new school and gospel hall on Todwick Road, North Anston. 

In their report, archaeologists said: “A study demonstrates the application area sits within a landscape of later prehistoric and Roman features visible as crop marks. 

“There is, therfore, potential for archaeological remains relating to these periods to exist on site.” 

The report recommends a search of the site for remains. 

Meanwhile, excavations at Waterdale, Doncaster town centre, have found evidence of a Roman cemetery. 

Archaeologists reported: “Between 20 and 30 individual burials were identified, along with a number of complete cremation urns, pottery, glass vessels and oil lamps. Bulk samples indicate evidence for feasting and votive offerings and some burnt material is suggested to be the site of a funeral pyre.” 

Other findings include evidence of a possible iron age settlement and fields on a site at Goldthorpe Industrial Estate. 

A trackway and Romano-British field boundaries, dating back about 2,000 years, were found buried beneath land at Outwood Academy, Doncaster. 

In Sheffield, archaeologists have asked for a record to be made of the history of the former Abbey Glen laundry, Coniston Road, Abbeydale, in case it is demolished for redevelopment, because of the building’s ‘importance as a local historic structure’. 

Archaeologists will also record the condition of a historic waterwheel site at Kelham Island Goit, before a new wheel is built there to generate electricity. There are currently features from the 17th-19th centuries at the site. 

Source: Sheffield Telegraph [March 13, 2012]

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