THE remains of a Roman settlement, complete with pottery and jewellery, has been uncovered in Driffield.
A copper ring, an iron hair pin and clues to the ways of life of the Romans and the earlier Bronze Age were unearthed at Southwood Park, off Auchinleck Close.
They were discovered during an archeological investigation which is part of an ongoing programme of work by Peter Ward Homes to record the deposits within the whole of the housing development.
Ed Dennison, of Beverley based Ed Dennison Archaeological Services, said: "This work confirms similar finds from other development sites in the area, which reflect the region's Roman past. Although the site is not considered to be sufficiently important to merit protection, the work at Southwood Park will help build a clearer picture of the history and origins of Driffield."
Before developing the land, the house builders commissioned the dig and have spent thousands of pounds to assess its potential.
An initial geophysical survey and trial excavations of the area revealed a series of ditches and enclosures, suggesting the site was part of a small Roman settlement. And as they investigated further the team of workers found a number of Roman artefacts dating back as far as the second and third century, as well as earlier Bronze Age material. The finds include pottery, flints, metal objects such as an iron hairpin and a copper ring. Animal bones and oyster shells have also been found, an indication of the diet of the times.
Mr Dennison said the area around the River Hull was fairly densely occupied during Roman times and it was digs like this which gave archaeologists the chance to uncover information about their lives. The finds were similar to those unearthed at other digs in the area and their real significance could not be calculated until the other investigations at the development were carried out.
Another dig will start next week with further ones planned as Peter Ward Homes develop the area.
Mr Dennison explained: "It is a bit like a jigsaw, we have only done a corner so far so we cannot see the overall picture."
Peter Ward, the home builder's managing director said: "As we get development underway in Driffield, it is fascinating to consider the history of the immediate area. Our work with the archaeological team will ensure that our findings feature as part of Driffield's rich past."
The finds have now been removed and will eventually be stored in Sewerby Hall at Bridlington by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Museum Service.