Not much Archaeodeath, but I want to post about my colleagues’ work at the end of three weeks of excavation near Rossett, Wrexham, Wales. The project was co-directed by Steve Grenter of Wrexham Museums and Dr Caroline Pudney, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester. Through careful archaeological investigations guided by metal-detector finds, geophysical survey and field-walking, the team of local volunteers and University of Chester students have found exciting new evidence of a Roman villa and its attendant landscapes, as well as a potentially late medieval building.

To find out more, check out the Wrexham Museums Twitter feed and the hashtag #RomanRossett, as well as the Dig Diaries. Also check out the Twitter accounts of Dr Caroline Pudney and Chris Matthews of Archaeological Survey West.

I got the opportunity to visit the dig multiple times. First up, I went to record a video (with the expert help of Phil Hirst) with Dr Pudney for last Tuesday’s University Archaeology Day:

I also helped out on the dig open day representing the Department. Check out a review of it here:

It was a good day promoting archaeology at the museum and at the University of Chester!

Finally, yesterday, I took out some of our new first-year Archaeology students to get an expert guided tour by Dr Pudney. It was striking to see the results of 3 weeks of work and the latest discoveries of the structures, features and finds. To gain an impression of the dig over my 4 visits, check out my four TikTok videos here:


Visiting the Roman villa dig by the University of Chester and Wrexham Museum! #archaeology #Romans #Wales

♬ Theme from “Gladiator” (Elysium) – Movie Sounds Unlimited

Today’s open day at the Rossett Roman villa dig was a great success #archaeology #Romans #Wales #uochester #Chester

♬ Eric The Gardener – 2020 remaster – The Divine Comedy

The last visit to the first season of the Rossett Roman villa dig #uochester #archaeology #Chester #Wales #Romans

♬ Stranger Things (Main Theme) – I Love TV Themes

The excavations served as a valuable piece of collaborative research-driven archaeological fieldwork. They also provided superb field-training for students. This was combined with many different dimensions of public engagement and community participation bolted on, both on site and online. Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and exciting discoveries!