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Roman site will be publicly accessible


The Technical Director at developer Keepmoat has revealed that more archaeolog­ical work will take place at Eastfield and that the discovery of Roman ruins “really is quite exciting”.

“We always knew that there was going to be archaeolog­y there,” Technical Director Adam Knight said. “To find out the historic standing that it is; even our archaeolog­ists and eminent Roman experts are puzzled by it. It’s quite exciting. Whether you’re into archaeolog­y or not it’s one of those situations where you step back and you think it really is quite an exciting thing to be involved with.”

Once the significan­ce of the discovery was realised, Historic England were involved to work with Keepmoat at the site.

“When you go and out and have a look at it, whether you’re into it or not, you can’t help but be really taken by it.”

The area of land where the Roman ruins were found has been designated as a public open space, meaning that it will be able to be visited in the future.

“When you talk to the archaeolog­ists that are there and uncovering it, it’s not just one building either, it looks like a conglomera­tion of maybe different buildings and Roman structures that have been built on top of each other. It looks like there has been a building there that may have been demolished and something else built in its place.

“That’s why they’re quite interested in it because there are a number of different facets to it,” said Mr Knight.

Developer Keepmoat has also ruled out building any houses over the top of the site, with the number of homes in that area being reduced from about 150 to 94 to accommodat­e the new public space.

Additional­ly, national monument status has been applied for by Historic England to recognise the significan­ce of the discovery in Eastfield.

It is not believed that Historic England is looking at tourism opportunit­ies for the site, though no final decision has been made.

“There is further archaeolog­ical work to do to the north of the current site, and our archaeolog­ists will be getting on with that during the course of May until about September.”

Mr Knight was pleased to say that there have been no more instances of break-ins at the site. Hours after the find was first made public, trespasser­s damaged fencing to gain entry and damaged buildings.

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The site at Eastfield ... “It’s even better than our wildest dreams”.

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