Norman dig becomes Roman dig in the Conwy Valley in North Wales
Published: Friday 23rd Aug 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Archaeologists in the Conwy Valley, on the eastern boundary of Snowdonia National Park, have discovered what they believe to be the remains of a Roman temple. They had been searching on farmland for a lost C11th church, after remains became apparent during the last hot summer in 2006. Being filmed for a Welsh television series due to be broadcast on S4C in 2014, the aim had been to try and uncover the church remains but as the dig got under way, they realised that there was a much older building on the site.
Artefacts dating back to Roman times were unearthed and now researchers are trying to establish if this was a temple used by Roman soldiers. Nearby Caernarfon was, of course, a Roman military base. Bronze Roman coins, pieces of slate and Roman nails, as well as Roman pottery were discovered. The finds were recovered from two trenches thought to date from the second and fourth centuries but more work will be needed to determine if the site was indeed a temple.