The public got a chance at the week-end to see for themselves the excavating work taking place in Keynsham Cemetery on the site of a possible Roman Temple.
It’s where – in the 1920’s – that mosaics from rooms making up a substantial Roman settlement were first discovered by workmen digging graves.
Known as the Durley Hill Roman Villa archaeologists revealed a building positioned around the largest court of any rural Roman structure in the country and embellished with exotically designed rooms.
Many of the mosaics were lifted and have now found a new home in the floor and on the walls of the new Keynsham Library.
Members of the Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society and the Association for Roman Archaeology have now dug a broad trench across part of the buried remains after extensive geophysical surveys indicate a building which may prove to be a detached temple fronting the great villa building.
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