See Roman history come to life at Silchester
July 20, 2012
Archaeologists will be scrabbling in the dust in search of bones and ancient artefacts at a Roman Town open day on Saturday.
Those who have dreamed of digging up history will be able to join experts from The University of Reading’s Archaeology Department for a day of exploration at Silchester Roman Town, near Reading.
The university has been excavating and researching the site since 1997 and has discovered objects that suggest people from the Iron Age introduced Mediterranean cuisine to Britain.
As part of the dig day, visitors will be able to discover what life was really like in a Roman town and watch demonstrations.
Children will also be able to dress up and take part in a mini excavation, as well as handling some of the finds.
“Visitors are bound to enjoy coming to the site where they can learn from our team of experts and even have a go at excavation themselves,” said Professor Fulford, from the university.
“You never know what you might find.”
First year archeology students from The University of Reading and visiting professors will be continuing with the excavation throughout July as part of the Silchester Field School.
The group will be looking at Insula IX, part of the large town at Silchester.
The purpose of the excavation is to trace the site’s development from its origins before the Roman conquest to its abandonment in the Fifth Century AD. Rare Iron Age finds from last year’s dig include the skeleton of a toy dog, similar to a modern-day poodle.
The open day will run from 10am to 3pm. Admission and activities are free. There will be a second open day on Saturday, August 4. For more information visit www.reading.ac.uk/silchester