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Jul
05

Future-proofing Chester’s archaeological resource

A Roman bowl from the legionary kilns at Holt (c 90-135). Found at Abbey Green, Chester, 1975-8.

A Roman bowl from the legionary kilns at Holt (c 90-135). Found at Abbey Green, Chester, 1975-8.

Chester is one of Britain’s most important historic towns and is the product of nearly 2,000 years of activity. Its history survives both in its buildings and as complex archaeology.

Between 1970 and 1990, the local authority carried out a large number of excavations, some of which have been published and the archives put in order. However, not all of these meet current standards of packaging and storage, so a project has been set up to address this, with museum archaeologists carrying out the work.

The Historic England-funded project is designed to secure the future of Chester’s archaeological resource. This includes documents, objects, drawings, photographs and digital files. It is not only a research resource of major significance; it will also help inform the future management of the city’s archaeology.

During this process, we have ‘rediscovered’ some fascinating objects. Look out for some of our favourites on Twitter and also on the Grosvenor Museum’s Facebook page