Over 2,000 years old Roman town unearthed along HS2 . route

A ROMAN town dating back more than 2,000 years has been excavated along the HS2 high-speed rail line.

Discoveries include ancient artefacts such as pottery, jewelry, and over 300 coins.

A Roman town dating back over 2,000 years has been excavated along the HS2 . high-speed rail line

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A Roman town dating back over 2,000 years has been excavated along the HS2 . high-speed rail lineCredit: SWNS
Discoveries include ancient artefacts such as pottery, jewelry, and over 300 coins

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Discoveries include ancient artefacts such as pottery, jewelry, and over 300 coinsCredit: PA

Said to be one of the most important structures in the railway project, it sits at an undisclosed site in south Northamptonshire where 80 archaeologists have been digging in a year.

A 32ft wide Roman road runs through what was once a Iron Age village, indicating it will be busy with carts due to its proximity to the Cherwell River.

The coins also indicate “significant” trade.

Glass vases, decorative ceramics, jewelry and even evidence of make-up have been found at the site – known as the Black Background after its black earth.

Site director James West, of London Archaeological Museum’s Cape Infrastructure, said: “The discovery of such a vast and well-preserved Roman road, as well as so many discoveries The show is high quality, it’s phenomenal and tells us so much about the people who lived here.”

The town is one of more than 100 archaeological site found on the route since 2018.

It will screen in the BBC Two Digging for Britain documentary this evening at 8pm.

Glass vases, decorative ceramics, jewelry and even evidence of make-up have been found at the site - known as the Black Background after its black earthy name.

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Glass vases, decorative ceramics, jewelry and even evidence of make-up have been found at the site – known as the Black Background after its black earthy name.Credit: PA
The stretch indicates that the site will be busy with freight trucks due to its proximity to the Cherwell River

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The stretch indicates that the site will be busy with freight trucks due to its proximity to the Cherwell RiverCredit: PA
The coins also indicate'significant' trade

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The coins also indicate ‘significant’ tradeCredit: PA
Over the past twelve months, a team of about 80 archaeologists have been excavating the Iron Age village that has grown into a wealthy Roman trading town.

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Over the past twelve months, a team of about 80 archaeologists have been excavating the Iron Age village that has grown into a wealthy Roman trading town.Credit: SWNS
The town is one of more than 100 archaeological sites found on the route since 2018

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The town is one of more than 100 archaeological sites found on the route since 2018Credit: PA
A 32ft wide Roman road runs through what was once an Iron Age village

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A 32ft wide Roman road runs through what was once an Iron Age villageCredit: PA
The town will appear in the BBC documentary Two Diggers in the UK

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The town will appear in the BBC documentary Two Diggers in the UKCredit: SWNS
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