Huge turnout at Doncaster’s Roman open day
 
Over 1,100 people of all ages turned up at a special archaeology open day on Saturday on the site of Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ).
 
Groups of visitors enjoyed guided tours of the archaeological site and looking at displays. Seven archaeologists from the archaeological contractor ArcHeritage were on hand to explain about their work and the artefacts that have been discovered on site. Doncaster’s Tourist Information and Museum teams were also present with interesting Roman artefacts found in Doncaster over the years.
Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “It is fantastic that so many people came along and found out about our Roman roots. Doncaster has a rich and diverse history and is one of the oldest places in the country. Our heritage helps make Doncaster such a unique town, full of truly wonderful attractions and things to see and do.”
 
The archaeological investigations on the site of a former Roman cremation cemetery have uncovered a rare Roman glass jug dating back to about AD150, several cremation urns and five oil lamps, which accompanied the burials.
 
Four of the five Roman oil lamps discovered in a large cremation pit are in near perfect condition and carry the makers’ names ‘Fortis’ and ‘Strobili’. This indicates they were probably created in Modena in Northern Italy.
 
 
 
All of the finds will soon be put on display at the Museum just down the road from us in Chequer Road.
 
To continue the celebration of Doncaster’s Roman history, Roman soldiers will be setting up camp in the grounds of the Minster on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September. The soldiers will march through town and displays will be available. This Roman camp is part of the St Leger Festival Week which runs between 2-11 September.
 
Work on the next stage of Doncaster’s £300m CCQ scheme – which is being delivered by the council’s development partner Muse Developments – is due to commence shortly. This will include the construction of Doncaster’s new performance venue. In addition, work has already begun on the public square and the newly revamped southern multi-storey car park is due to be completed and fully operational by September.
 
Doncaster’s Tourist Information Centre offers a popular heritage walk around the town centre on the first Friday of the month starting at 10.30am. More details about this and other attractions can be found at: www.visitdoncaster.co.uk

Posted on July 27, 2011

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