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…

My (Holi)day of Archaeology

I have just returned from a week’s holiday in northern Cumbria, having missed most of the torrential rain and flash floods that marked the end of the heat-wave in Britain. The noisiest parts of our holiday (excepting the massive thunder storm on Tuesday evening) were the sheep baaing outside the cottage windows in the depth…

Valuing Historic Landscapes

How do we value historic landscapes? This thought struck me on a recent Spring break in Sussex, standing shivering on the downlands above the Roman villa at Bignor, the mist creeping over the top of the escarpment and the air cold enough to turn each sigh into dragon’s breadth. There are of course many formal…