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Westgate Gardens

Jake has just returned to the office after a busy week in the Westgate Gardens. He reports:

‘We had another fantastic community dig, based around Watling  Street as it runs through Westgate Gardens. More than 25 volunteers helped a small team from the Trust over the weekend, including our friends from Texas State University, as well as our metal-detecting colleagues. On Saturday morning we had a “Little Dig”, with 45 children taking part (with ages ranging from 2 to 10!) accompanied by 30 assorted parents, grandparents and carers.

Over the five days, which included the Westgate Parks Open Day on Saturday, we managed to talk to over 500 interested visitors to the dig.

Many more Roman coins, potsherds, tiles and other finds were recovered during this year’s excavation, and we now have a far clearer understanding of this late Iron Age fording point, early Romano-British occupation along Watling Street, and late Roman activity just outside the wall (built c 270–290). We have high hopes that post-excavation work in the coming months will bring this story to life in ever greater detail.’
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