Tuesday 28 May 2019 3:47 AM UTC
KENT May 28: Archaeologists have hailed the discovery of an entire Roman town and main road as “massive” for their understanding of ancient Kentish development.An 18-acre settlement containing rare coins, pottery and jewellery dating back as early as 43 AD has been uncovered next to a major motorway in Newington.
Evidence of a 7m-wide road was also found, alongside the remains of an ancient temple, close to the A2 – which itself tracks an ancient link with Canterbury and the coast.
Experts have said the discovery is one of the most significant finds made in the region.
Dean Coles, chairman of the Newington History Group, said: “This is very exciting. The scale of this site, with the huge number and quality of finds, changes our knowledge of Newington’s development.”
He added: “We already had evidence of a Roman burial ground and Roman occupation in the immediate vicinity and this excavation shows there was a thriving manufacturing site in the heart of our village.
“The temple and major road are massive discoveries. It proves the A2 wasn’t the only Roman road through the village.
“As a group, we are keen to trace the route and destination of this new ‘highway’ which may have connected with another temple excavated 50 years ago on the outskirts of Newington and a villa unearthed in 1882.”
The buried town was found during the development of 124 new homes.
Once they have analysed their findings and published a report, experts will cover up the ancient remains once again so the new housing can be completed.
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