Roman finds at Syon Park

Posted: 2010-11-19

I just noticed a news story on the wonderful Britarch website about a huge find of Roman artefacts at Syon Park, in Brentford, just outside London. An archaeological investigation by the Museum of London Archaeology revealed extremely well preserved Roman roads, skeletons, and a Roman settlement just a few feet underground. One unexpected find is a long lost tributary of the River Thames.

The finds date from the 1st century AD, and include thousands of coins, pottery, jewellery, weapons, and sections of a lava quern stone. Perhaps the most interesting artefact is a Late Bronze Age gold bracelet which was crafted sometime between 1000-700 BCE.

The investigation started after a new luxury hotel was slated to be built on the site. The dig has been carried out in complete secrecy over the last 4 years until the recent announcement of the findings. Some of the finds will be on display in the hotel when it opens in 2011, while other artefacts will be on show at the Museum of London.

There are more details, including a video interview with the lead archaeologist, on the Britarch site (link below).

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