Remains of a Roman & # 39; production site & # 39; are being dug up by builders trying to develop houses on an 18-acre site next to a major A-road in Kent
- Builders who cleared a piece of land for a housing project discovered the lost city
- It covers 18 hectares next to the A2 in Newington, Kent and includes a temple
- Archaeologists also unveiled an old 23 foot (7 meter) road on the site
- Is considered to be one of the most important archaeological finds in the region
An ancient Roman settlement was dug up by builders in Kent and is announced as & # 39; a thriving production site & # 39 ;.
The 18-hectare site also revealed an abundance of earthenware, rare coins and its own temple.
Developers were busy preparing a piece of land alongside a major road in Newington, Kent for a residential project when they discovered the lost city, dating back to 43AD.
The temple on the site, close to what is now the A2, has since been named Watling Temple – making it one of only 150 such sites in England.
Archaeologists also unveiled an old 23 foot (7 meter) road that ran from London to the Kent coast.
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Builders preparing a piece of land next to a major highway in Newington, Kent for an upcoming residential project, discovered the lost city dating back to 43 years ago
Experts have praised the discovery as one of the most important finds in the region. The newly revealed settlement is destined to become 124 new homes as part of a new development of Persimmon Homes.
Chairman of Newington History Group Dean Coles said: & This is very exciting. The scale of this site, with the huge number and quality of finds, changes our knowledge of Newington & # 39; s development.
& # 39; We already had evidence of a Roman cemetery and Roman occupation in the immediate area and this excavation shows that there was a flourishing factory site in the heart of our village.
& # 39; The temple and the main road are huge discoveries. It proves that the A2 was not the only Roman road through the village.
& # 39; As a group we want the route and destination of this new & # 39; & # 39; highway that may have been associated with another temple excavated 50 years ago on the outskirts of Newington and a villa that was excavated in 1882. & # 39;
Experts will analyze the findings and publish a report, but the old remains will be covered again to make room for housing.
An ancient Roman settlement was dug up in Kent, spread over 18 hectares and complete with pottery (pictured), rare coins and its own temple
The temple contains the remains of a place of worship that has since been called the Watling Temple – making it one of only 150 locations registered in England
WHAT DO WE KNOW OF THE NEWINGTON ROMAN CITY?
Experts have praised the discovery as one of the most important finds in the region.
One expert said it was one of Kent's most important finds.
A settlement of 18 hectares was discovered alongside pottery, coins and a piece of ancient road.
The site contains remains of a place of worship that has since been named Watling Temple – making it one of only 150 sites listed in England.
Archaeological Director of Swale and Thames Archaeological Survey, Dr. Paul Wilkinson said: & # 39; This is one of the major discoveries of a Roman town in Kent for many years with the preservation of Roman buildings and exceptional artifacts.
Archeology project manager Peter Cichy added: & # 39; This is one of the most important sites in Kent, but it is only the beginning of months and months of work.
& # 39; We will analyze and date our finds, sort and compile thousands of earthenware fragments, and write our report. & # 39;
Romans invaded Britain in 43 AD and remained in existence for nearly 400 years.
Remains of their occupation have been found throughout the UK – including Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland and the Roman Baths in Bath.
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