***** After a visit to see the fields and a chat with the farmer we have secured extra land for this permission bringing the total to 125 acres of pasture and stubble so registration is now reopened *****
Slimbridge – St Johns Road GL2 7DB – We are meeting opposite the Slimbridge Royal British Legion Club you will see a gate opposite it into the field, the toilet is just in the gate on the right hand side.
Here it is guys and gals as promised the long awaited return to Slimbridge with 95 acres of new land which is cultivated maize stubble, permanent pasture and temporary pasture. For those of you who attended last time you will be aware that there were 26 Roman brooches found along with Medieval hammered and Roman coins.
Please get your names down quickly for this one to avoid disappointment as we are expecting it to fill up fast.
Here’s a video from our last event at Slimbridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQCXm4YEZs&feature=youtu.be
“One of the main features of Roman roads is that they are usually remarkably straight. There is a theory that this may be because the Romans used dowsing to plot the route in the first place. If you stand in Bath and ask your dowsing rods the whereabouts of Salisbury, you will get a one-direction straight answer.
Originally built 8 or 9 metres across, these roads gave marching Roman legions clear passage, and allowed carts and wagons room to pass with ease.
The manpower must have been impressive. They would first remove the topsoil, dig one or two ditches either side for drainage, protected by kerb stones, then build up layers of hardcore, shale and sand. Creating a good camber called an ‘agger’ to aid drainage, it was then covered with flat, dressed stones called pavers (hence pavement).
Below image shows sites of six Roman roads in Slimbridge itself, including Moorend Lane and Longaston Lane, and one crossing the River Cam. The A38 was a Roman road too, although the Romans probably didn’t call it that, and originally went from Gloucester to Bath.
Roman roads around Slimbridge
The River Cam at Cambridge, where three roads join the A38, was an important junction in those days. Today the river goes under the road, but in Roman times there was a bridge (hence Cambridge). It would have been a lot deeper and easily navigable, and there would have been a wharf too. Note Wharf Farm nearby.
By dowsing in the Cemetery field behind the village hall car park, Peter found indications of Roman occupation, including a well, stables, a fuel store, and a food store with no doorway but steps going up the outside, which would have deterred rats. There was also a large building with a furnace, possibly used as a bath house. All this was mostly built in the early Roman period, i.e. first and second centuries.
Archaeologists investigating the Forge orchard beside the village hall also produced finds dating from the same period, some of them imported continental items. Peter has also found indications of three Roman villas in the Parish”.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ALL LET’S GO DIGGING EVENTS
Please note: We expect all finds to be shown for photographing, all items considered treasure for the finder to provide identification and a contact number. Whilst it is not our responsibility to report items of treasure found on our digs, we will advise the finder to do so and expect confirmation it has been done. And find of this nature not reported will entail the finders details being passed to the relevant authority.
The dig will will commence at 09:00 after a 10 minute briefing. The postcode will be published on here and on Facebook the evening prior to the dig. Please be aware that we expect all holes to be back filled on all land types and anyone caught failing to follow this rule will be asked to leave the event immediately and will not be welcome on any further Lets Go Digging events.
There will be tea and coffee available to purchase, a raffle to take part in (£2.50 per ticket) There will also be a toilet on site.
Parking will be on a horse show field which we have got permission to also detect if you wish too.