Hospital Site May Harbour a Roman Site

In medias res of a lengthy article in the Henley Standard about a proposed hospital building site:

[...] An excavation 200m east of the hospital site found chalk foundations of a “substantial” rectangular Roman building and some Roman pottery. A Roman coin was found 180m north of the site.

Mr Oram said: “The Roman settlement of the area is not well understood and further evidence may survive on the site.

“It is possible that archaeological deposits relating to the late prehistoric and Roman periods may be present and could be disturbed by this development.”

Ruth Gibson, secretary of the Henley Archaeological and Historical Group, said: “We would certainly support field work before building work starts.

“I am very pleased to see the archaeological officer has been quite firm in saying that it should be looked at so as not to miss the opportunity to find out more about Henley’s Saxon and Roman past.” Amber says it is willing to carry out the ground assessment but believes little would be found.

Planning agent Pete Stockall said: “Our archaeological team is working out what trenches might be needed and where — it is standard procedure. It is for those bits of the sites that haven’t been touched to see if there is anything potentially.”

Mr Stockall said that it would take up to three days to dig a trench and about two weeks to report back but longer if something like a Roman settlement was found. [...]

… we’ll keep an eye on this one …

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