Roman remains revealed at former chocolate factory site
More evidence of Roman occupation in Keynsham has been found at a development site on the edge of the town.
An archaeological investigation commissioned by developer Taylor Wimpey and landowner Kraft has found what is likely to be part of the Roman town of Trajectus at the Somerdale former chocolate factory. The remains – precise details of which have not been disclosed – have been found under land outside the area identified for redevelopment to the west of the former Cadbury factory buildings.
Taylor Wimpey is buying the site from Kraft and wants to build homes, business accommodation, a school and other facilities in a £50-million development.
Nigel Holland, managing director of Taylor Wimpey Bristol, said: "As a responsible builder, Taylor Wimpey undertakes archaeological assessments on all new developments to ensure that any historic findings from the site are treated in the most appropriate way. The initial survey revealed some interesting archaeological findings that otherwise would have remained unknown. We are fully committed to treating the site appropriately and are working in conjunction with Bath and North East Somerset Council and English Heritage to safeguard the surviving remains for the future. We have also agreed the final scope of further evaluation work to be undertaken within the southern part of the factory site."
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The firm says that, once completed, the evaluation work will help to establish the full extent of the archaeology on the site and be used during detailed planning work.