Thursday, June 14, 2012

Roman pot to go on display for first time

A ROMAN pot, thought to be up to 2,000 years old, will go on to display to the public for the first time in September.

The artefact, which new analysis shows was used to store dairy products, was found in a pit with other objects during excavations for a garage in Highworth.

Lead "staples" on one side of the storage jar, which is 2ft tall and 11/2 feet wide, show where a break was fixed by its owners 1,700 years ago.

Conservator Kelly Abott, of Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, said: "We don't normally see such massive jars come through and this one is a whopper. The other thing which is unusual is the repair work.