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Newark Advertiser

Diggers detect Roman Road
April 20th, 2002

By Liz Handbury, Newark Advertiser

A section of ancient Roman road has been unearthed during the removal of topsoil as part of dualling work on the Newark to North Hykeham stretch of the A46. 
The road, thought to date back more than 2,000 years, was discovered at the side of the current A46 between Swinderby and RAF Swinderby.
It was found by the Lincoln Archaeology Unit, employed by the contractors, Alfred McAlpine, to verify and record findings. 


Archaeologists, left, Mr Edward Lewis and Mr Laurence Platt dig on the Roman road remains near the A46

The unit director, Mr Graham Eyre, said the location was well known as a Roman settlement. 
He said: "Although a finding like this was not totally unexpected it was very exciting as we expected it to be under the current road."
They first noticed the road remains after finding small pieces of Roman pottery.
After digging further down to a depth of one metre they found the section of the road in near perfect condition.It is 12 metres wide and about half a metre long. 
Mr Eyre said: "The road has been well preserved. We have even found evidence of cart ruts and layers of repair work."
The road, which ran from legion fortresses in Lincoln to Exeter, was made using metalling, a technique of using tightly compacted cobble stones to make a smooth surface.

The archaeologists will dig two more trenches, one 100 metres in front and the other 100 metres behind the section of road, to see if they can find more sections to help them map the route. 
Once that has been discovered it will be recorded, along with any other findings. The ancient road will be covered to make way for the new road.
 

 

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