Digging Up Our History; Discovery of Roman Remains

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Byline: SARA THOMAS

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig at a Roman site unearthed by a new building development has uncovered evidence of a thriving metalworking industry on the banks of the River Dee.

The discovery was made two weeks ago when builders Anwyl Construction discovered a Roman road and traces of buildings when they began work at the Croes Atti site at Oakenholt, near Flint.

Since then a team of archaeologists from Earthworks Archaeology have been working alongside contractors on a three-week exploration of the Roman A silver showing the Domitian from AD remains. The discovery has even attracted international attention with leading German news magazine Der Spiegel running a picture taken at the site and the story on its online service.

Will Walker, of Earthworks Archaeology, said: "Despite the wintry weather conditions, the dig has gone extremely well and there have been many interesting and intriguing finds.

"We've found the remains of Roman buildings together with many industrial features, including hearths and other processing areas, associated with the Roman exploitation of local lead ores found on Halkyn Mountain, "As the Roman remains are excavated a detailed record is made, including scaled drawings, photographs etc., and all the finds recovered (including pottery fragments, lead, coins, glass) are labelled and bagged ready for cleaning and specialist analysis. …