‘Amazing’ rare artefacts, Roman town uncovered during construction of British railway

The rare early Roman carved wooden figure is one of a large number of handmade products which was revealed during the construction of a new high-speed railway in Britain.

More than 100 archaeologists are working on excavations for treasures found during the construction of HS2.

The company behind the construction has just revealed that a rare, well-preserved ancient wooden carved figure was found in a flooded Roman trench in a field in Twyford, Buckinghamshire in July 2021.

A rare Roman wooden statue discovered by HS2 archaeologists in Buckinghamshire. Photo: HS2 (HS2)

The figure, cut from a single piece of wood, is 67 cm high and 18 cm wide.

The initial evaluation dates the wooden figure to the early Roman period, given the style of carving and tunic-like clothing.

Pottery pieces dating back to the period from 43-70 AD were also discovered in the same pit.

Archaeologist Ian Williamson said the artifact was a rare find.

“The amazing discovery of this woody form was totally unexpected,” he said.

HS2 archaeologists have discovered an extensive Roman trading settlement in Northamptonshire. Photo: HS2 (HS2)

“Not only is the survival of a wooden figure like this extremely rare in Roman period Britain, but it also raises new questions about this site, who the wooden figure represented, what it was used for and why it was important to the people who lived in this part of the Buckinghamshire during the first century AD?”

To the north, 80 archaeologists working on the railway project spent a year excavating an Iron Age village that developed into a wealthy Roman trading town near a small village in south Northamptonshire.

The site has been known since the 18th century, but archaeologists say the scale and quality of the finds at the site have exceeded their expectations.

Aerial footage of the Roman archaeological site Black Grounds. Photo: HS2 (NS2)

The original use of the site, known as Blackgrounds, began in the Iron Age when a village of more than 30 roundabouts, discovered alongside an Iron Age road, was.

The archaeological team believes that it is possible that local residents continued to live at the site until Roman times and adapted to a new way of life due to the proximity of the Iron Age remains.

Roman weaving accessories were discovered during archaeological excavations in the Blackgrounds. Photo: HS2 (HS2)

This “romanization” involved taking Roman customs, products, and building techniques.

Archaeologists believe that the 10-meter-wide Roman road indicates that the settlement was very busy with carts transporting goods.

The fortune of the settlement likely was based on trade, both from the nearby Cherwell River and via the Roman Road.

Roman ceramic figurines were found during excavations in the Blackgrounds. Photo: HS2 (HS2)

More than 300 Roman coins, discovered with methods suggesting they may have been lost or disposed of, were discovered by HS2 workers.

Two shipwrecks were discovered off the Mediterranean coast along with a sunken collection of hundreds of Roman treasures.  The crowd includes hundreds of Roman silver and bronze coins dating from the mid-3rd century, as well as more than 500 medieval silver coins found among the deposits.  As well as this Roman ring of gold.

Hordes find ancient treasures in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean

It is believed to indicate that a large volume of trade was passing through the region.

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