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Photos: Digging Dunelm

02 May 2014

sam atkins

Digging Dunelm: archaeologists working at Durham Cathedral have found pottery that suggests there may once have been a Roman site where the cathedral now stands. The team, which is digging in the medieval former Great Kitchen, has discovered samian ware - glossy red pottery from the Roman era.

Norman Emery, the cathedral's archaeologist, said: "We know there was a site not too far away called Old Durham, on the other side of the river, but several Roman artefacts have been found in this area previously; so, combined with these finds, this could suggest that there was a site much closer to home."

Once the dig is complete, the Great Kitchen will be transformed into an exhibition space, with artefacts on show to the public. This will form part of the cathedral's Open Treasure project, which is intended to improve access to the buildings and collections

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