If you have travelled north on the A1 in recent years you will have spent some of the time in road works and will have seen at first hand one of the biggest road improvement schemes in recent years. For the past three years, as part of a Highways England scheme to install an extra lane in each direction and upgrade the route to motorway standards.
An archaeological team of around 60 people have been working between Leeming Bar and Barton. This 24km section follows the route which is closely aligned to the Dere Street Roman road.
During that time, archaeologists from Northern Archaeological Associates working on behalf of the Carillion Morgan-Sindall Joint Venture have uncovered more than 200,000 prehistoric and Roman artefacts and sieved more than 86 tons of sediment samples.
Recent finds caused great excitement on site. These included coins, a rare carved gemstone depicting Hercules and the Lion and some apparently gold plated Roman objects. A selection of these artefacts from the Roman town at Catterick (Cataractonium), are now on display at The Bowes Museum until March 5th 2017.
Northern Archaeological Associates will be giving a talk to Friends of Roman Aldborough on Saturday 25th february at 2.30pm in Aldborough Village Hall. The talk will give an overview to the project but will also highlight their unexpected finds, some of which will be on view to those who attend. Cost: Visitors £5.00 (FORA members free).
For more details go to www.romanaldborough.co.uk or ring 01423 325808.