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Public Archeology Tours - The Roman Baths

Daily - from Friday 23 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 February 2018

Public Archeology Tours

at The Roman Baths

W: romanbaths.co.uk
E: romanbaths_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk
T: 01225 477785

Price: Free with standard admission

Running daily throughout February, these fascinating tours take visitors behind the scenes of the largest archaeological excavations at the Roman Baths for more than 30 years.

The 20-minute tours will run at regular intervals each day and will give visitors access to the excavations taking place in vaults which are not normally open to the public.

The work is taking place as part of the Archway Project, which will create a new Clore Learning Centre for the Roman Baths (romanbaths.co.uk/archway).

Highlights of the tours include:

  • A Roman exercise area, which will be part of a new Investigation Zone, in which schoolchildren will be able to carry out research in and amongst Roman remains when it opens in 2019.
  • An in-situ stylobate – a colonnaded walkway which contains a Roman doorway leading through to a possible row of shops, where traders might have sold memorabilia to visitors, oil for the sauna, or food and drink.
  • The other side of the south wall of the Great Bath, behind the curved alcoves (exedra) where people relaxed.
  • A Roman culvert, and pipe work and drains from Georgian and Victorian times.
  • A wall where you can see archaeological deposits (stratigraphy) dating back 2,000 years.

Although modest in scale, this will be the most significant archaeological work to have taken place on the site since Sir Barry Cunliffe’s investigations in the 1970s and 1980s.

Professional archaeologists will lead the excavations, supported by local volunteers from the Bath & Camerton Archaeological Society.

They will begin by carrying out ground radar and resistivity surveys, before opening up a number of trenches and re-excavating some 19th and 20th century drains. This will allow them to investigate the deposits through which the drains were dug.

A small programme of archaeological works took place in September 2017 and unearthed some exciting finds: three Roman coins and a Roman nail cleaner with a rare peacock design.

The tours are free with admission to the Roman Baths, however visitors can give a small, optional donation to the Roman Baths Foundation (charity number 1163044) to support the excavations.

The Archway Project is supported by National Lottery players through a £3.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths, at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. It attracted around 1 million visitors last year, making it one of the most visited ancient monuments in the UK.

Stall Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1LZ

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E: romanbaths_enquiries@bathnes.gov.uk T: 01225 477785

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