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Dig to find Roman remains to start in Navenby

By EGrover__LE  |  Posted: April 04, 2013

The last major dig in Navenby took place in 2009. Pictured is archaeologist Colin Palmer-Brown.

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Villagers are set to start a dig to find remains of a Roman town in Navenby.

Excavations are beginning on Saturday along High Dyke, where it is thought there could be evidence of occupation dating back to around 100AD.

It is hoped the project, run by Navenby Archaeology Group (NAG), will reveal details of daily life in Britain during the period.

The village, which is around ten miles south of Lincoln, lies on Ermine Street, one of Britain’s most important Roman roads.

The project will be completed on 60 days between now and October.

Previous digs have discovered evidence of later Roman occupation, with a 2009 excavation suggesting there could have been around 300 properties in the town, including houses and shops.

Ian Cox, chairman of NAG, said: "When we reopened the site on Tuesday there was a lot of excitement because we were really picking up where we left off.

"We can't wait to get going."

The project will be supervised by professional archaeologists but carried out by volunteers, schoolchildren, local community groups and other amateur Lincolnshire archaeology groups.

The work has been made possible thanks to a £54,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant secured by Navenby Archaeology Group, which has matched this funding with equivalent working hours.

Members are starting work this weekend and volunteers can help from Saturday, April 20.

Anyone interested in taking part must call Liz East on 01522 810029 or email eastrestorations@btconnect.com.

Alternatively, information on how to get involved is on www.navenbyarchgp.org.

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