Hopes that 'one-of-a-kind Roman road' discovered in the West Midlands
Watch: Hidden Roman road dating back 2,000 years uncovered in Worcestershire
Archaeologists are excitedly awaiting confirmation as to whether a 2,000-year-old Roman road could have been uncovered in a small Midlands town.
The road, believed to be the only one of its type in Britain, was uncovered by workmen in a field near an ancient Roman settlement.
The cobbled ford, which was unearthed by Severn Trent workers, stretches almost three meters wide and is said to have been constructed like a wall with large stones laid in bands – a traditional Roman technique.
The exact location of the discovery is currently being kept secret but it has been confirmed it is somewhere in Evesham, Worcestershire, close to where a Roman-era villa complex was discovered four years ago.
Aiden Smyth, archaeology advisor at Wychavon District Council, said: “At the moment everything is ticking the boxes for it to be Roman but it still feels too good to be true so we are keeping an open mind.
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“It may be that we have to bury it undated, but I hope not.
“If it turns out to be medieval then it could still be considered to be nationally significant as nothing similar has been found in Britain to date.
"If it is a first-century Roman feature it is the only one of its kind to be found in Britain to date, there's not really anything like this medieval either.
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"If it was to be a Roman feature, with its only comparisons in Rome and Pompeii, you could argue it's of world importance, not just of national importance.”
If the ford is confirmed to be Roman, it will be the only one of its type in Britain.
Local councillor Andrew Dyke alerted locals to the find on the local Facebook page, calling it a "major discovery".
Wychavon District Council has confirmed that currently no dateable finds such as pieces of pottery or coins have been discovered, items which are usually used to help date a site.
Instead, a section dug from the road is to be sent off for optically stimulated luminescence testing which will measure the last time the sediment was exposed to sunlight, a process that could take several months.
Evesham is a market town and parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, in the West Midlands region of England.