Roman vicus sheds light on the last days of Roman Britain

Archaeologists working on a Roman settlement near Bowes, England have discovered a vicus, an unplanned settlement on the outskirts of the fort dating to the 2nd to 3rd centuries, which would have been home to hundreds of people.

Unlike the fort, the vicus would have continued to exist long after the Romans left the area. Discoveries at the site include "stone walls, foundations of wooden buildings, flooring, the remains of a huge Roman building, and large amounts of Roman pottery." The lengthy occupation of the "shanty town" into the 4th century is unusual in northern Britain.