Extraordinary finds at "Pompeii of the north"

Archaeologists marvel at discoveries from the Binchester Roman Fort near Bishop Auckland in northern England, a 2nd century site which has been dubbed the "Pompei of the north." (photos)

So far, the team has uncovered a bath house with brightly-painted walls, jewelry, a shrine to the Roman Goddess Fortune, and a 3rd century silver ring which may bear an early symbol of Christian worship.

"These findings are hugely significant as they are virtually intact and present a graphic illustration of life under the Roman Empire,' said Dr David Mason, principal archaeologist for Durham County Council. They are so stunning and spectacular that we can claim we have our very own 'Pompeii of the North' right on our doorstep."