Tuesday, 20 September 2011

News - Roman Well Work Starts (Bingham)

Budding archaeologists from Toot Hill School, Bingham, are among those helping to resite a Roman well in its new home.

The well was discovered during excavation work for the A46 dualling scheme and is due to be put at the entrance of Bingham Cemetery.

With the help of the sixth-form students, Bingham Heritage Trails Association began cleaning the individual stones on Monday, before sorting them and labelling them so they could be assembled in the cemetery.

Meghan King, 17, of Nightingale Way, a member of Newark and District Young Archaeologists Club, is hoping to study archaeology at university.

“It was a great opportunity to do some fieldwork and get my hands dirty,” she said.

“To be able to handle something someone made with their own bare hands thousands of years ago was thrilling.”

Helen Green, 19, a former pupil at the school, starts her archaeology course at the University of Chester next week.

“I enjoyed working out which stones went where,” she said.

“It was a massive jigsaw puzzle and it was good to get some experience before I go to university.”

Rushcliffe Borough Council granted the project planning permission in March after an application was submitted by Bingham Town Council.

However, it only gave the heritage trails association the green light to start building work last Wednesday.

The association’s vice-chairman, Mr Geoff Ashton, said: “We are using lime putty to hold the stones together, the same material they would have used in Roman times.

“It is a fantastic project and we are delighted to have the students involved.”

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