BOXES of Roman and mediaeval pottery have been re-discovered after 50 years in storage.
The artefacts, originally excavated in 1958, were found by archaeologists researching for the Northwick Manor Community Heritage Project, a lottery-funded initiative to inspire people living in Northwick and Bevere to be proud of their local history.
It is hoped the dusty finds will not only paint a picture of Bevere in days gone by but inspire residents to take an interest in local history.
Derek Hurst, finds manager for Worcestershire County Council’s archaeological service, has been sorting through the three boxes, identifying and properly recording the finds.
He said: “This shows that people in Worcester 50 years ago were looking back at the past. They were interested in their local history quite a while before other people in the country were.”
The boxes, which spent the last half a century in Worcester City Museum stores, contained a handwritten journal documenting the dig, chunks of mediaeval pottery dating back to the early 1300s and Roman ceramics from 150-250 AD.
The finds came from a long forgotten site; a Roman enclosure at Bevere island, Worcester, that today’s archaeological team had no record of.
Historic environment record officer Sheena Payne-Lunn, head of the two-year Northwick and Bevere project, urged people who remember the 1958 dig to come forward.
She said: “These finds will help us interpret the history of the area so that we can create an illustrated heritage trail.
“It would be great if people who remember the dig – maybe they watched it as a child or read about it in the newspaper – could share their memories.”
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