Announcement Date: 14th August 2015
Following the discovery of the remains of an ancient settlement at Grimstock Hill, Coleshill, an archaeological dig revealed evidence of a Romano-Celtic settlement on the site from the middle of the 1st Century to the 4th Century AD.
The sites of huts dating from the late Iron Age or early years of Roman occupation were found, as well as evidence of field systems and a smithing hearth for iron working. Loom weights and spindle whorls found at the site implied weaving took place whilst the quern stones that were unearthed would have been used for milling corn. Other artefacts such as an iron age grinding stone and a torc, a gold necklace or armband, have also been found near Middleton Hall.
Archaeologists are reasonably certain that a temple was built at Grimstock Hill in the 2nd Century and wall foundations were found during the dig as well as pottery and coins. The remains of a bath house were also found south of the temple.
At the other end of the Tame Valley, the course of the Roman road Watling Street runs east west just below Tamworth, known today as the A5. This would have allowed the Romans to march from London through to Wales as well as providing an important route for traders.