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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
More than 300 Roman coins, discovered with methods suggesting they may have been lost or disposed of, were discovered by HS2 workers.
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It is believed to indicate that a large volume of trade was passing through the region.