CONSTRUCTION workers have discovered evidence of Roman settlements while preparing to build a new science block at a school.
Site workers from the Bowmer and Kirkland building company unearthed a series of ditches, pits and enclosures while digging land at Repton School in Willington Road, Repton.
Specialist archaeologists were called in who believed the findings were evidence of Roman and Saxon settlements from between the third and sixth centuries AD.
Myk Flitcroft, senior associate director of CgMs Consulting, which managed the archaeological team, said: “The information gleaned from the site is important because it provides the first confirmed evidence for Roman and early Saxon activity, and adds to the important later Saxon and Viking-period history in the area.”
He added: “The ditches and pits didn’t contain too much but they are obviously located on the edge of a much larger original site and allow us to add some further details to the story and history of Repton.” The findings were fenced off to allow experts from Trent and Peak Archaeology to continue their examinations.
The ditches, pits and enclosures discovered at the site are believed to be the remnants of Roman and Saxon buildings.
They were unearthed as site workers began work on Repton School’s new science priory, which will contain biology, chemistry and physics laboratories.
School bursar Carl Bilson said: “It is very exciting that the archaeology found on the science priory site adds something new to the long and colourful history of Repton.
“When the finds were first mentioned to me, I was concerned that it would delay the project.
However, the combined professionalism of Bowmer and Kirkland and the archaeologists has meant that the delays have been minimal.
“I am looking forward to seeing the archaeologists’ report.”
Repton was a royal centre in the former kingdom of Mercia.
The Mail reported on September 12 how Roman artefacts dating back almost 2,000 years were discovered by the Bloxwich Research and Metal Detector Club in Overseal.
The find comprised five brooches and four bronze coins.