3rd century shop found at Roman Maryport

Archaeologists working at Roman Maryport, along Hadrian's Wall, have discovered evidence of six buildings and a road. One of the buildings is believed to have been a Roman shop.

“We haven't yet been able to determine what was sold here,” said Stephen Rowland of Oxford Archaeology North. "But we have found a large in situ sharpening stone, and lots of smaller whet stones for honing blades and tools." The building does not include a stone wall facing the street, leading experts to feel that the shop would have had a timber booth front which opened for sales. The building dates to the second or third century CE.