News from our ‘Salt’ neighbours at Nantwich

‘A selection of artefacts from the 2002 Kingsley Fields excavation conducted by Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit and funded by Bellway Homes Limited have gone on display at Nantwich Museum. The excavation is regarded as one of the most important to have been carried out in Nantwich and revealed a Roman industrial site engaged in salt making along with a variety of artefacts. The Roman settlement in the town was established in the 2nd century AD and existed for about 150 years.

Salt making tools, pottery for serving food and decoration, other tools  such as an adze hammer used for working wood, a variety of household goods and even a 2000 year old loo seat can be seen. Craftsmen and farmers were active in the area and a reaping hook is displayed which would have been used to harvest locally grown cereals and vegetables.

The project was managed by the Cheshire West and Chester Museums Service. The new display is an important step in exploring Nantwich in Roman times and includes an interpretive panel and interactive where visitors are invited to match modern objects with items from the Roman and other collections’.

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As part of ‘Nantwich Eats’ Graham Dodd will present a talk on ‘A Celebration of Salt’. Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01270 627104, Website: www.nantwichmuseum.org.uk.