Sunday, 14 September 2008

Seeking Roman Calne - the Hunt is ON

The Archaeology Field Group are just starting a new project to identify the location of the settlement thought to lie under modern-day Calne. the first stage is to ask people to bring pottery from their back gardens to be identified, and then we go form there.

The project was launched at the Calne 'Party in the Park', with over 150 people visitng the Museum's sand, many attracted by the chance to strike a Roman coin. One person was so interested, he came back with a small 9ct gold disk, which we both had a go at striking. Gold is, however, rather harder than the alloy we use! No wonder the romans used full-scale sledge-hammers to strike coins ...