Archaeologists hope to find Roman fort in Midlands flood zone

After serious flooding, the Environment Agency in England is studying plans to build flood defences along the River Derwent near Derby in the Midlands, but before that work begins, archaeologists are being given access to an area known to be the site of a Roman fort.

The site has already revealed a Roman bathhouse and a number of artifacts from the Saxon and medieval periods. Now the contractors hope that the archaeologists will make their discoveries before work on the defences begins in 2015. "By doing the dig at this stage, it will save us from any surprises further down the line," said Ed Wilson, the Environment Agency's senior archaeologist for the Midlands.