Ancient finds unearthed at dig site
THE Romans certainly knew how to build well.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of the original turf wall built on the edge of the River Medway in about 70AD.
Their discoveries, found in the winter but kept secret until now, were made while they were exploring the flint-and-brick wall that eventually replaced it.
Archaeology South-East carried out the dig at the Rochester Riverside site as part of the preparations by Medway Renaissance, the council’s regeneration team.
Darryl Palmer, the senior project manager for the archaeologists, said the dig had produced a lot of interesting remains, including a number of coins.
One of the things which has interested them is the age of the turf wall.
It appears to have been built between 70AD and 150AD.
They reached that conclusion from the pottery they unearthed in it.
One intriguing feature is the base of what may be a small circular tower in the wall.
“It’s not 100 per cent clear what it is,” said Mr Palmer.
“It may be a guard tower, or a postern gate, a corner tower or even a gatehouse. We shall have to do more research first.”
They also discovered remains from the Saxon period between the 10th and 11th Centuries.
“There are fragments of medieval masonry which may indicate that there were buildings here at that time, but we found no foundations to confirm that,” he said.
The oldest remains to be found were flints from the Mesolithic period, about 10,000 years ago.
This was when hunters roamed across England, but whether they were left, or just happened to be swept there as the river flooded, no one can say.
Archaeologists uncover remains of Camelot
A team of unbiased UK archaeologists has uncovered what seem to be the remains of a medieval castle they believe was once known as ‘Camelot’.
According to a report in Western Telegraph, the dig was organized by the British Tourism and Fictional Archaeology Board, and funded by the EU Transnational project.
The site of the castle is a car park in Somerset.
The dig came about after team members, commissioned by the local tourism forum to carefully read Idylls of the King and related books by T.H. White, identified the possibility of a castle existing on the site.
“The information had been passed down the generations by word of mouth but nobody knew if it was really there,” said team member Sir Gawain.
“The only way to find out was to grab a shovel and dig,” he added.
So far, excavators have uncovered what look to be the outer walls of a medieval castle, as well as post holes, the hearth of a medieval house, a sturdy round table, and numerous fragments of medieval crockery.
The discovery of the stone walls, dating from the early middle ages has particularly been exciting for archaeologists.
“I don’t think they expected to find that. It is looking as if it was a site for a medieval castle of special grandeur and majesty. We will know a lot more once the other unbiased UK experts have had time to analyse the finds,” said Gawain.
They have also discovered an ornate sword inscribed with the name Caledfwlch, which archaeologists think is likely to date from the Middle Ages.
“It looks like the sword was laid to rest carefully, with thought to it’s preservation, which has lead the team to conclude that it was fairly important,” said Sir Gawain.
Excavations at the site are continuing.
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