Roman artefacts unearthed by roadworks in UK
Archaeologists at a major project to upgrade the A1 to a motorway in North Yorkshire have uncovered several significant discoveries. The discoveries include a rare Roman brooch from Eastern Europe and a miniature sword.
|Pottery was found alongside human remains near Catterick [Credit: Highways England]|
During that time, archaeologists have uncovered more than 177,000 artefacts and sieved more than 50 tonnes of sediment samples. They have found numerous artefacts dating between the Middle Stone age, Iron Age and Roman period.
|Scotch Corner miniature sword [Credit: Highways England]|
Another extremely rare find is a miniature sword, complete with iron blade, copper alloy scabbard and bone handle recovered during excavations at Scotch Corner – thought to an offering for the gods or a small pocket knife.
|Roman cicada copper alloy brooch [Credit: Highways England]|
The team will leave the site later this month but will continue to study and verify the findings, some of which will go to the York Museum Trust and go on display within North Yorkshire.
|Scotch Corner glass gaming counters [Credit: Highways England]|
The road would have been an important strategic route – just as it is for the many thousands of people who travel along it today.
|A Scotch Corner Samian bowl and cup [Credit: Highways England]|
Highways England Project Manager, Tom Howard, added: "It is fascinating to discover that nearly 2,000 years ago the Romans were utilising the A1 route as a major road of strategic importance and using the very latest technological innovations from that period. We are doing the same thing today – using the latest technology to improve this important route and significantly reduce journey times."
Source: Highways England [January 16, 2016]