Thursday, July 12, 2012

Archaeologists unearth Ewell's Roman past

Amateur archaeologists are painstakingly unearthing Ewell's Roman past before the site is turned into a graveyard.

Since the start of the month members of the Epsom and Ewell History and Archaeology, and Surrey Archaeological Societies have continued work to uncover evidence of Roman life in Church Field, opposite the ancient site of St Mary's Church in Church Street, Ewell.

The church is likely to extend its cemetery into the field in the future and the excavation is being conducted to clear the land and rescue any historical items buried there.

David Brooks, of Bourne Hall Museum, said a key Roman road runs through the field, with settlements on either side, which is why it is likely that significant remains will be found.

He said: "Stanes Street runs down through the field, which was a main road running between London and Chichester and was built by the Roman army.