Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Go-ahead for plans to build on Roman ‘shanty town’ site

INITIAL concerns about a proposed development on the remains of a Roman site have been set aside.  Derelict buildings will now be demolished at Holme Lea, Bowes. Two houses and a bungalow will be built in their place. In 2010, it was revealed that archaeologists had discovered significant evidence of an unplanned settlement, called a vicus, at the site. Historians believe hundreds of people would have lived at the site, which is thought to have resembled a "shanty town". It grew up on the outskirts of the Roman fort at Bowes.

The excavation discovered stone walls, foundations of wooden buildings, flooring, the remains of a huge Roman building, and large amounts of Roman pottery thought to date from the second and third centuries.

Gill Close has been given permission for the development by Durham County Council.
Durham County Council's archaeology section initially objected to the proposal because of likely impact on the Roman remains.
But these protests have now been withdrawn. However, the developers have been told they must record important archaeological features during the work.

Artifacts found at the site must also been recorded and recovered.