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Full dig findings at school science site

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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THE man who led excavations of Roman settlements unearthed during the construction of a new building at a South Derbyshire school has spoken about what he found.

Matthew Hurford was in charge of a team of specialist archaeologists called in after a series of ditches, pits and enclosures were found during work to build a new science block at Repton School, in Willington Road.

Mr Hurford, speaking following a talk with Repton Village History Group, revealed that investigations have now pointed to the fact that the area was occupied from around the fourth of fifth century before becoming Roman or Anglo-Saxon settlements.

He told the meeting: “Two straight ditches at the site indicated Roman use and a ditch curving around a loop showed an Anglo-Saxon enclosure.

“This may have contained a hall and there may have been as many as 30 dwellings in the whole settlement.

“It is possible to speculate that there is more evidence to be found under the unexcavated Science Priory car park and nearby vicarage garden.

“Indication of molten fragments in the area indicate metal working in the area and a forge.

“Although too small to identify the shapes of vessels they came from, fragments of pot are dateable from the site.

“The ditches and some of the pits were topped with material that suggested householders clearing out debris.

“In the past, small worn shards of Roman pottery have been found scattered in many locations around the village.

“While this probably resulted from manuring the fields, it does indicate that there is likely to have been a Roman settlement in the area.

“With any luck we will have the opportunity to take this work further.”

The science block was officially opened in September last year.

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