Late Roman well offers insight into technology

A well-preserved, late-Roman well near Heslington, England demonstrates use of the latest technology of the time, including curved stone facings and a dish-shaped base. Archaeologists from the University of York believe the well had "significance in contemporary local agricultural cycles and fertility practices."

Discovered with the well were over 1000 pieces of Romano-British pottery, and animal bones showing signs of butchering. A report from the team has been published in a recent issue of Internet Archaeology.