“Shanty town” excavation answers questions about late Roman Britain

Archaeological excavation by a team from the University of Durham in Bowes, England has given reasearchers new insight into civilian life around a Roman fort near the end of the Roman era. The vicus, or “shanty town,” would have survived longer than a military installation.

The dig has so far unearthed the remains of a well-cobbled Roman street, 150 pieces of Roman pottery and 18 fragments of Roman tile, as well as water and wine carriers, coins and cook pots dating from the 1st through 4th centuries. Artifacts from the medieval era were also found.