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Roman Shops Unearthed Under Corn Hall (UK)
Wilts And Gloucestershire Standard ^ | 3-5-2008 | Andy Woolfoot

Posted on 03/05/2008 1:20:03 PM PST by blam

Roman shops unearthed under Corn Hall

By Andy Woolfoot

Workers unearthed the remains during renovation work

THE remains of an ancient Roman shopping parade, hidden for centuries under the floorboards of Cirencester's historic Corn Hall have been unearthed this week.

Workers came across the remains of what archaeologists claim is the most significant Roman discovery in the town in the last 50 years while carrying out refurbishment work.

A series of walls were discovered 10 feet below the level of the floorboards in the main room of the 19th Century building along with evidence the site used to house shops over 2,000 years ago.

And alongside the remains evidence of Ermine Street, the famous Roman road which ran from Silchester to Gloucester.

Laurie Coleman of Cotswold Archaeology, project manager for the dig, said it was no surprise to make the discovery in a town with such a rich Roman history.

"There is always the expectation there will be some archaeology but the features that we found were completely new to us.

"The Roman road Ermine Street was just outside the wall and next to a pavement.

"This would have been like a motorway services and a market rolled into one. It would have been quite a grand street to walk up.

This perfume bottle was found intact after 2,000 years under the Corn Hall

"This would have been like a motorway services and a market rolled into one." Project manager Laurie Coleman

Archaeologists excavating the site this week found the remains of a bakery oven with scorch marks, bones from cows, pigs and sheep, a dozen Roman coins, pottery fragments and surprisingly a small, intact, glass, perfume bottle.

"It's pretty rare if you think about the environment," Mr Coleman added. "The fact it survived all these years is quite remarkable really for a relatively large fragment.

However it was not just Roman remains discovered at the site.

A chunk of Medieval romanesque dragon stonework dating from 1140 and believed to have originally been part of Cirencester's Abbey was found.

The renovation work is being carried out by Wildmoor Properties who are redeveloping the Corn Hall and restoring a link to the adjacent King's Head Hotel, which the company also owns.

The work was expected to be finished by next spring but will be delayed by the excavation.

The objects uncovered in the dig will be split between Wildmoor Properties and the Corinium Museum.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ancientrome; archaeology; cirencester; cornhall; epigraphyandlanguage; erminestreet; godsgravesglyphs; lauriecoleman; roman; romanempire; shops

1 posted on 03/05/2008 1:20:04 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 03/05/2008 1:20:27 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

cool!


3 posted on 03/05/2008 1:22:51 PM PST by nicmarlo (A vote for McRino is a false mandate for McShamnesty)
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To: blam

Do you know what my Roman ancestors drank? They drank wine. Do you know where they got it? The grew their own grapes in Cornwall. But you can’t grow them there anymore because it’s too cold. What would you blame that on?


4 posted on 03/05/2008 1:24:17 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: blam

One of the problems with owning property in Europe, is that you can’t dig a latrine without paying a team of archiologists to observe.

And if they find a little glass perfume bottle, you are scr$wed.


5 posted on 03/05/2008 1:24:57 PM PST by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: blam
Very cool, but now for some adolescent humor:

Hey Peter, watch out for your Corn Hall.


6 posted on 03/05/2008 1:26:08 PM PST by brownsfan (America has "jumped the shark")
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To: blam

Cool! Thanks for sharing.


7 posted on 03/05/2008 1:28:37 PM PST by Sleeping Freeper
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To: massgopguy

You can grow grapes in England. We have vineyards, even red grapes.

It’s the vinyards in Greenland during the Medieval Warm Period which really make your point.


8 posted on 03/05/2008 1:30:17 PM PST by agere_contra
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To: blam

How very cool!!


9 posted on 03/05/2008 1:32:04 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: blam

I’m surprised that no one has yet christened the archaeological site “The Corn Hole”.


10 posted on 03/05/2008 1:33:35 PM PST by PeterFinn (I am not voting for McCain. No way, no how.)
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To: massgopguy
Do you know what my Roman ancestors drank? They drank wine. Do you know where they got it? The grew their own grapes in Cornwall. But you can’t grow them there anymore because it’s too cold. What would you blame that on?

Global warming, of course.

11 posted on 03/05/2008 1:34:37 PM PST by PeterFinn (I am not voting for McCain. No way, no how.)
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To: PeterFinn

Dman those ancient Romans with their internal combustion engines!


12 posted on 03/05/2008 1:38:09 PM PST by 50sDad (Liberals: Never Happy, Never Grateful, Never Right.)
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To: massgopguy
Bush

Sorry, couldn't resist.

13 posted on 03/05/2008 1:39:57 PM PST by Hoffer Rand
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To: brownsfan; MotleyGirl70
Hey Peter, watch out for your Corn Hall.

LMAO!

14 posted on 03/05/2008 1:41:10 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: PeterFinn
What’s with all the buried cities around the world. Didn’t people sweep their walks and streets? Or did the people just disappear and nature did the rest? I once viewed an excavation in Athens that was about twelve feet below street level. When I asked my host how so much fill covered it he told me “dust.” I found that hard to believe.

When it came to revitalize did they cart in enough fill to cover everything up and then start over? Very strange to my way of understanding how that could happen.

My only guess would be a total absence of anyone doing anything in an entire city for eons and nature doing the rest.

15 posted on 03/05/2008 1:44:18 PM PST by tripod
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To: tripod

It would be interesting to see what the content of the fill material is. That’s really a fascinating observation on your part.


16 posted on 03/05/2008 1:52:45 PM PST by PeterFinn (I am not voting for McCain. No way, no how.)
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To: tripod

Thanks, Blam.

I read somewhere that earthworms turn over the soil and gradually cause foundations, etc. to sink over the centuries.

I think I read that in a book on Roman ruins. So maybe that’s it.


17 posted on 03/05/2008 1:57:12 PM PST by squarebarb
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To: squarebarb

Earth worms! And all along I thought it must somehow have been the fault of one of George Bush’s ancestors.


18 posted on 03/05/2008 1:59:29 PM PST by tripod
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To: tripod; PeterFinn
There are shops at street level today in Istanbul that have access ladders/stairways to 2-3 street levels underneath their shops.

There's a very good program on the History Channel titled: Cities Of The Underworld . Some of these shows are fascinating.

19 posted on 03/05/2008 2:01:21 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: PeterFinn
Hi PeterFinn,

There are cases where volcanic eruptions have buried entire cities but this has been nearly instantaneous. I still can’t figure out other cases except for blowing sands in the desert or jungle overgrowth in the tropics - either of which take centuries and would presuppose human abandonment altogether. Oops - I forgot that I did see one clip on tv about what appeared to be a beautiful city street in the Congo which was being totally overgrown with vegetation. Seems the Congolese didn’t give a rats ass about keeping anything working including the traffic lights after the Belgians left.

20 posted on 03/05/2008 2:04:59 PM PST by tripod
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To: agere_contra

Camel Valley Brut, Cornwall.
Hey Mario! Let’s go back!


21 posted on 03/05/2008 2:06:59 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: blam

That is a pretty good show. I watched one just the other night about Dublin that was excellent.


22 posted on 03/05/2008 2:10:01 PM PST by cpanter
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To: tripod

There’s a big section of downtown Seattle where the original streets and shops are 10 feet underground. Subsidence, floods, FIRES, barbarians laying waste to the town; there are any number of reasons.


23 posted on 03/05/2008 2:13:36 PM PST by Ironclad (O Tempora! O Mores!)
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To: blam

I’ve seen that show - it is FANTASTIC!


24 posted on 03/05/2008 2:14:35 PM PST by tripod
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To: squarebarb; tripod; PeterFinn; blam

In downtown Chicago there are numerous buildings that appear to have been built at street level. But if you go into the basement, you see large entrances and windows. Chicago flooded so often that in the mid-1800s the entire downtown area was built up with fill to raise the street level one full floor.


25 posted on 03/05/2008 2:27:34 PM PST by RonF
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To: blam; Old Sarge

Thanks blam!
PING for you, Sarge!


26 posted on 03/05/2008 4:02:29 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: squarebarb
"I read somewhere that earthworms turn over the soil and gradually cause foundations, etc. to sink over the centuries."

The major ground tillers (earth worms) in this area have been replaced with the Fire Ant. The Fire Ants till the soil more than the earthworms now.

27 posted on 03/05/2008 4:17:20 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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