Ingleby Barwick - 'The Forum' Roman Settlement
||During routine aerial photography of the Ingleby Barwick
area in 1970 it was discovered that land at Quarry Farm (at the southerly
end of Queen Elizabeth Way) contained a site of some archaeological
interest. Initial work showed this to be the site of a Roman Empire
Villa and associated buildings.
|Recently Persimmon Homes has backed an archaeological
excavation and study into this significant site. Although they do
intend to build over the majority of the site as soon as archaeological work is complete, it does
give us residents a chance to view and find out about the site in the
meantime. The site has greater significance as prior to this finding
it was thought that Roman settlements did not stretch this far North.
||Due to the more recent work it has been found that the site
consists of a villa, settlement buildings, enclosure system, bath and many
artefacts depicting the lifestyle of the times. Each of these pictures
depicts a particular area of interest, click a picture for an enlarged view.
|The site, termed The Forum, was opened for public viewing
over the weekend 8th and 9th November 2003, despite minimal or 'accidental'
advertising (hence the late publication of this report) the site saw some
800 visitors over the weekend. Viewing took the form of regular guided
tours, many visitors returning for a second viewing.
||Our own forums contain a number of ongoing discussions on
this find. I would urge any of those who missed out on this opportunity
to view the Roman forum to log onto our forum and post
support for the organising and advertising of another viewing event, the
more of you that pledge your support the more chance we have of doing something
about it. You can view and post to the discussion by clicking here.
|Archaeologist will be continuing work on site into Dec '03
at which time the remaining work will be laboratory based. Items of
particular interest will be distributed around local museums. A great
suggestion which we would like to back and can be discussed in our
discussion forums is that prior to re-development stones, artefacts and
perhaps whole buildings (the ones not donated to museums) be taken from
their current site and donated to local schools for rebuilding.
Otherwise these historically significant items will be lost forever.
You can comment on this matter here.
||As is the case with many of you, I myself missed the
opportunity to view the settlement at the weekend and would like to thank
the following for their input into this article:
www.inglebybarwick.com have contacted both Durham University's
Archaeological department and English Heritage on behalf of the residents of
Ingleby Barwick to request a greater level of information to publish on the
site and to arrange additional open days. We will keep you up to date as
progress is made.