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Intact, Late Roman Well Unearthed in England

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Well-HeadHESLINGTON, ENGLAND—A well dating to the Late Roman period has been found during excavations at the University of York’s campus at Heslington East. The main structure of the well had been carefully lined with new limestone blocks and it incorporated a high-quality finial that probably came from another structure. Pottery fragments and bones from sheep, cattle, horse, deer, and a young dog were found. Archaeologist Steve Roskams said that the well had been constructed with a good understanding of the soil. The pottery and bone pieces, which were not highly fragmented as bone pieces on the rest of the site, may have been deliberately placed in the well for symbolic reasons, he added.