Archaeology in the community

The A1 have worked hard to ensure the community benefit from the outstanding artefacts found around the A1L2B, we have created a unique partnership with construction, archaeology and the community to allow the artefacts to go on a roadshow across the UK starting in the local area.

More than 50 items, featuring coins, gaming counters and a wooden comb, have gone on show at Richmondshire Museum.

During the two-year project, archaeologists discovered more than 200,000 items and sieved more than 84 tonnes of sediment samples. A “perfectly preserved” wooden comb is also part of the exhibition

Researchers said the A1 would have also been an important strategic route 2,000 years ago. The Northern Archaeological Associates (NAA), which carried out the dig, said it was fascinating to discover nearly 2,000 years ago the Romans were using the A1 as a major route.

Other items on show also include “a UK first” in the form of a Roman cicada brooch made in Pannonia – a region that today includes parts of Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. Archaeologists said the brooch was evidence of a multi-national population, or long-distance trade with Catterick.

Dr Hannah Russ, from NAA, said:

“The quality and preservation of the artefacts and environmental remains from this scheme is outstanding. We are learning so many new things about the people who were living in the vicinity of the A1 in the past and I am delighted that we are now able to share our discoveries.”

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