Roman cemetery found in North Somerset
|A skeleton from the Roman cemetery [Credit: Mercury 24]|
Bristol Water’s Jeremy Williams said of the discovery: “We are told that the finds rewrite the known interpretation of Roman Banwell and are of regional significance.”
|A coin, from the era of Constantine the Great, found at the site [Credit: Mercury 24]|
As well as the cemetery, which seems to show a shift in Roman practice from cremating the dead to burying them, there is also evidence of earlier, possibly Iron Age agricultural activity around the site.
It is thought the cemetery was linked to the villa of a wealthy landowner, as opposed to a larger settlement.
|A spoon found at the site [Credit: Mercury 24]|
“The excavation has been described as potentially the most important for 100 years in North Somerset.”
Many of the finds will be on show at an event hosted by the Banwell Society of Archaeology at the village hall in Westfield Road at 7.30pm on November 19.
Author: James Franklin | Source: Mercury 24 [October 23, 2012]