Roman artefacts to go on display at Peterborough Museum

Open day at Fane Road allotments. The community excavation which has unearthed a 1st or 2nd Century Roman villa. EMN-140531-224359009
Open day at Fane Road allotments. The community excavation which has unearthed a 1st or 2nd Century Roman villa. EMN-140531-224359009
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An exhibition of Roman finds unearthed during a community excavation is opening at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition will display finds unearthed in May and June 2014 by over 130 local volunteers during the community excavation that took place at Fane Road allotments.

This exhibition is another great opportunity for residents and visitors to see some of the fascinating items that were discovered.

Dr Rebecca Casa-Hatton

The excavation was directed by Oxford Archaeology East and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim of the dig was to confirm details of the Itter Crescent Roman villa.

A range of artefacts will be on display at the museum and art gallery from Saturday March 28 until Sunday April 12.

The artefacts will include some of those found during the earlier 2011-12 excavations of Itter Crescent.

Finds on display will include Iron Age loom weights, Roman painted wall plaster and brooches that were worn by those that visited or lived at the villa.

Dr Rebecca Casa-Hatton, archaeologist at Peterborough City Council, said: “This exhibition is another great opportunity for residents and visitors to see some of the fascinating items that were discovered during last year’s community excavation.”

During the exhibition archaeologists and curators will be on hand to answer any questions and bring the stories the artefacts hold to life.

David Crawford-White, outreach and learning officer at Oxford Archaeology East, said: “The planned exhibition at Peterborough Museum will be an ideal opportunity for families to visit the new Roman Gallery at Peterborough Museum and see some of the fascinating Roman artefacts that were found during this successful community project.”