Roman relics handed over to Welwyn school

PUBLISHED: 17:11 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:11 14 May 2013

James Norman 11, Paulina Craig from Netherdown Homes, Noya Avniel 11, head Mary Westley, Isabel Ward 8, history subject leader Wendy Platt, Wesley Watts 9

James Norman 11, Paulina Craig from Netherdown Homes, Noya Avniel 11, head Mary Westley, Isabel Ward 8, history subject leader Wendy Platt, Wesley Watts 9

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ROMAN artefacts including bones, pottery, glass and ceramics have been handed over for display at a Welwyn school.

The archaeological finds were discovered in 2011, when developers dug holes to lay foundations for new homes at Trevena Gardens, near to Welwyn St Mary’s School, which is the beneficiary of the artefacts.

Paulina Craig, who works for the developer, Netherdown Homes, said: “It was done at an assembly and they [teachers] explained to the children that when they dug a big hole to build houses the artefacts were unearthed.

“There was a good reaction [from pupils] and some of the children stuck up their hands to say “Roman” when asked what time period the artefacts were from.”

The historical remains included a human jawbone complete with teeth and examples of pottery and ceramics from the period when Britain, or Britannia as it was then, was a province of Rome.

Asked about the new display, headteacher Mary Westley said: “Children and parents love them.

“[They are] amazed they are real, [it was a] great success.

“Eyes are glued to the cabinet and they are really looking forward to being able to handle some of the other artefacts soon.

“The history club is especially excited.”

It is thought the area where the homes are now built, Trevena Gardens – named after former Welwyn St Mary’s head Ethel Trevena – was part of an ancient road from St Albans to Colchester, which were both major Roman settlements.

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