Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roman baths are uncovered in York

The baths, which date from the second and third centuries AD, were discovered during construction of a new council headquarters building.

The edge of the complex was first discovered in the 1840s when the original railway station in the city was built on the site. This is the first time archaeologists have been able to investigate the site since the 19th Century.

Chief archaeologist, Nick Pearson from On Site Archaeology, said the discovery was very significant.

He said: "We know very little of the layout of the civilian town of Eboracum, as Roman York was called. Confirming the location of the baths gives us another important piece of the puzzle."

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