Chester-le-Street Heritage Group

Roman Avenue Excavations

Excavations have started in Roman Avenue to install rainwater piping to try and remedy the effects of flooding in the town during heavy rain storms.

During the course of these excavations a section of cobbles was unearthed which were initially thought to be associated with the Romans.

An archaeologist from Durham University was called in who examined the finds, but considered these to be Medieval in origin and along with the cobbles, some pottery and other items of interest were removed.

The excavations are due to be extended further down Roman Avenue, so there may be other opportunities to see more evidence of these “Medieval” artefacts.

Roman Avenue Excavations

Interior view of Excavations showing one or two of the cobble stones.

A layer of clay shows the level where the cobbles were located.