Late Roman well found near Heslington

Late Roman well found near Heslington

Archaeologists from the University of York have discovered a virtually intact late Roman structure near Heslington that may have been of importance during contemporary agricultural cycles as well as in fertility rituals.

Is about a well that has been used for many years in the late 4th and early 5th centuries. Since the Bronze Age, methods for obtaining natural resources have been used in this area, such as primitive watering holes or wells. However, the new find, unlike others, was carefully designed, set high on a hill, and made of good quality masonry.

The structure It was designed with limestone probably sourced from a source near Malton, located 30 kilometers from the well. On the surface the stones were carefully placed in regular courses. The base of the well is shaped like a plate and is composed of triangular limestone slabs fixed directly on the natural clay. The technique used suggests that the people who built it knew perfectly the composition of the subsoil.

The well contained more than 1,000 pieces of Romano-British pottery and a similar number of bones from animals. The animal remains found belong to sheep, horses, deer, and even a young dog. Regarding the pieces and bones found, the archaeologists think that they were placed there not by chance, but, as part of a ritual or because they have some symbolic meaning.

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