Alderley Edge: Roman Mines and Mysteries

The sharp light, multi colours, and brisk early morning temperatures of late September I associate with two landscapes – my rambling front garden and the rustles and shadows of Alderley Edge. The Edge has been and is a favourite family walk since I was little, the scene of family picnics on hot summer days and…

Life and Death in Roman Salford

Archaeological research takes time, especially the post-excavation process. Thus, for this final instalment in my survey of Salford’s early past I’m returning to one of the two Roman rural settlements known from within the city: Barton. For there is now fresh evidence which throws a light on life and death in Roman Salford. A cold,…

Salford’s Early Past Pt6 – Roman Hoards & Burials

  The final aspects of Roman Salford that I want to discuss, in my occasional blog series on the city’s archaeology, are several discoveries around the large wetland area of Chat Moss.   The first two discoveries are linked, at least in landscape position and perhaps in purpose. These are two coin hoards that were…

Salford’s Early Past Pt 4: Roman Roads

  Three Roman roads crossed the Salford landscape. These avoided Chat Moss, the large tract of raised bog which dominated several square kilometers of the northern bank of the River Irwell, in Salford.   They represent the earliest Roman activity in the area. Their construction coincides with the establishment of the Roman fort at Manchester. This was…