Archaeologists eagerly await confirmation of whether a 2,000-year-old Roman road has been discovered in a small town in the Midlands.
The road, believed to be the only one of its kind in Britain, was discovered by workers in a field near an ancient Roman settlement.
The cobbled ford, unearthed by the workers of Severn Trent, extends nearly three meters wide and is said to have been built as a wall with large stones arranged in bands, a traditional Roman technique.
The exact location of the discovery is currently kept secret, but it has been confirmed to be somewhere in Evesham, Worcestershire, close to where a Roman villa complex was discovered four years ago.
Aiden Smyth, archeology consultant at Wychavon District Council, said, “At the moment everything is ticking the boxes for being Roman, but it still sounds too good to be true, so let’s keep an open mind.
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“We may have to bury him undated, but I hope not.
“If it turns out to be medieval, it could still be considered nationally significant as nothing like it has been found in Britain to date.
“If it’s a 1st-century Roman element, it’s the only one of its kind found in Britain to this day, there’s nothing quite like this medieval one either.
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“If it were to be a Roman feature, with its only comparisons to Rome and Pompeii, it could be argued that it is of global importance, not just national”.
If the ford is confirmed to be Roman, it will be the only one of its kind in Britain.
Local councilor Andrew Dyke alerted locals to the discovery on their local Facebook page, calling it an “important discovery”.
The Wychavon District Council confirmed that no dateable artifacts such as pottery pieces or coins, objects that are usually used to help date a site, have currently been discovered.
Instead, a tract dug in the road must be turned away optically stimulated luminescence test which will measure the last time the sediment was exposed to sunlight, a process that could take several months.
Evesham is a market town and parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire in the West Midlands region of England.