Romans in Cawood

Our latest venture is to be an archaeological dig on Cawood Common.

Tony Hunt and Jon Kenny with the drone used to take aerial pictures of the fields

The drone photograph showing marks indicating Iron Age roundhouses and possible Roman field systems

During the first few weeks of August we shall open 5 trenches across features we can see from aerial photography

Everyone is welcome to help with the dig

An open day on the Sunday 11th August 11 to 4pm will be held

You are very welcome to visit and see what we have found

This piece of early iron was found whilst field walking last summer

Evidence from metal detectors indicates the presence of more iron in the ground

This could show that Iron Age people were smelting Iron on the site

In the last few months we have been looking at the possibility that Romans lived here

We had a talk by Kurt Hunter Mann an expert from York who is helping us understand more about Roman life

The earliest finds were in the 1930’s at the Caravan park on the edge of the village

Some pottery was found in a ditch.

This site has now disappeared but others keep appearing

With the help of North Yorkshire County Council Heritage department we now have a list of possible sites to investigate

In the centre of the village close to the traffic lights whilst digging a hole for a new lamp post some roman glass making equipment was found including a crucible

Pottery from the caravan site


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