More exciting history expected to be uncovered during construction site dig in Navenby

The company behind a 77-home development in Navenby has revealed how building work is expected to uncover more exciting finds about the village’s ancient past.

Ian Dyke, Managing Director at Rippon Homes EMN-200428-154113001
Ian Dyke, Managing Director at Rippon Homes EMN-200428-154113001

Rippon Homes has been working on its latest scheme to construct 77 family-sized homes at Eleanor Gardens in the village.

The site is expected to keep archaeologists busy unearthing plenty of significant finds based on what was learned from recent excavations at other nearby locations in the village along the line of the old Roman road, Ermine Street.

Colin Palmer-Brown from PCAS Archaeology, who were commissioned by Rippon Homes to complete an archaeological dig prior to constructors getting on site, explained some of the findings so far.

He said: “We know from previous investigations that the site contains a wealth of archaeological deposits, dating from the Mesolithic to the early modern periods. This area was a focal point for religious and ritual ceremonies from at least the Bronze Age.

“Navenby flourished during the Roman period, when stone or half-timbered buildings lined both sides of Ermine Street between the later second century and the early fifth century AD.

“We partially investigated some of the area back in 2009, which exposed the rear ends of Romano-British half-timbered buildings that were centred on the Roman road, Ermine Street. We hope to determine the southerly extent of the Romano-British settlement, which may fall within the current excavation zone, but it is early days and this cannot be confirmed yet.”

He added: “We anticipate that additional investigation will expose some exciting discoveries as we find further prehistoric, Roman and post-Roman archaeological remains.”

Ian Dyke, Managing Director at Rippon Homes said: “We appreciate how important archaeology is to preserve local history and are very pleased to be working with PCAS again to ensure no more of the fascinating history of Navenby is lost. I’m looking forward to seeing the complete findings.

“We expect living at Eleanor Gardens to be as popular as it was in the Roman era so I would encourage all prospective purchasers to register their interest now to avoid disappointment.”