Friday, September 14, 2012

Discovery of Roman past in Repton

SIGNIFICANT archaeological evidence has been uncovered that indicates a Derbyshire village could have attracted settlers as early as the third century.

Until now, Repton’s known history dates from 653AD, when it became the place where Christianity was first preached in the Midlands and a double abbey was established.

​Excavations for the science block at Repton School have uncovered evidence of third-century Roman settlements.

But during excavations for a new science building for Repton School, ditches and pits dating from hundreds of years earlier were found. They formed a series of small enclosures and are believed to date from as far back as the third century.

Myk Flitcroft, senior associate director of CgMS consulting, which managed the archaeological team, said: “The information gleaned from the site is important because it provides the first confirmed evidence for Roman and early Saxon activity and adds to the important later Saxon and Viking period history in the area.

Mr Flitcroft said: “The ditches and pits didn’t contain too much but they are located on the edge of a much larger original site and allow us to add some details to the story and history of Repton.”

The Romans ruled Britain from 43AD until about 410. In their place came the Saxons, who ruled for 600 years and who made Repton the capital of their Mercia kingdom. They were followed by the Vikings.

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