Roman settlement uncovered in Hillmorton

One of the kilns discovered during excavation.

One of the kilns discovered during excavation.

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Archaeologists have made some exciting finds just off the Ashlawn Road in Hillmorton.

Roman pottery, kilns and wells have been discovered at the site, which is currently undergoing preparations for 96 homes to be built.

A Roman jar with only its rim missing.

A Roman jar with only its rim missing.

The excavations have so far revealed artefacts from a 2,000 year old settlement and will soon be shared with the local community.

Experts think the first human activity on the site is likely to date back to the Bronze Age, but it was most actively used in the late Iron Age and early Roman period, when it appears to have been a focus for pottery production.

The kilns found on the site are also thought to have particular importance to the region as the style of pottery they produced mimics classical Mediterranean forms, which is not generally found west of the Avon Valley

Daniel Oliver, Bovis Homes West Midlands Technical Director, said: “The artefacts they have found will provide local people and schools with an insight into what life was like in Hillmorton thousands of years ago.

A Roman well.

A Roman well.

“The settlement has obviously remained undiscovered for centuries so it’s exciting to think of the land now playing host to a brand new part of the community!”