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