Dig could have found a Roman settlement

Archaeological dig near St Rumbold's Well, Buckingham. Cllr. Robin Stuchbury. PNL-141109-141200009
Archaeological dig near St Rumbold's Well, Buckingham. Cllr. Robin Stuchbury. PNL-141109-141200009
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An archaeological dig has unearthed what could be a Roman settlement.

Roman pottery and a red deer antler have been found at the dig in a field near St Rumbold’s Well, in Buckingham, a county councillor told the Advertiser.

After the excavating digger also uncovered a long stretch of wall beneath the field’s surface, county councillor Robin Stuchbury informed Bucks County Council’s archaeological planning officer, Eliza Alqassar, who visited the site on Wednesday.

Mr Stuchbury said the wall is almost 80m long and could be Roman.

He told the Advertiser: “I’ve always felt there was something up there. I’ve always thought, if I was a Roman gentleman, I’d build my house there. If you take the treees out, you can look down across the whole of the river valley.

“When I stood there many years ago and looked across the fields, I could see in the frost marks it looked as though there was a structure there.”

Professor of History at the University of Buckingham, John Clarke, said it was possible the site could be Roman.

Prof Clarke said: “There are quite a lot of Roman sites in the Buckingham area.

“It’s such a site to settle, given the great advantage of having the loop of the river, it would seem rather odd that they would completely ignore it.

“I’ve always been a bit surprised they have not found anything Roman in Buckingham before. They’ve found quite a lot in villages and towns quite near and of course there’s a lot of Roman stuff around Bicester.

“It’s part of the country that was quite Romanised.

“If it is a Roman settlement, it will almost fill a hole.

“Nobody could quite explain why there was nothing much Roman here.”

The excavations are beingcarried out by Foundations Archaeology on behalf of developers Hallam.

Archaeologists will hand excavate and record what has been uncovered, and a report will be prepared detailing the results of the investigation.