Community engagement

Archaeology work on site for Our City Our River

Picture of archaeology investigations at the Silk MillOur contractor, GBV JV Ltd appointed Trent & Peak Archaeology to carry out archaeological investigations for the project and they are currently undertaking finishing excavations in Chester Green. This has involved digging trenches near the Chester Green community centre and tennis courts so that the archaeologists can obtain a better understanding of the Roman military camp and nearby settlement areas (Derventio) and the people that lived there.

They have completed excavations at the following locations:

  • Duke Street (near St Mary's Bridge at the junction of Duke Street and Sowter Road)
  • Sowter Road (near back of Silk Mill Museum at site of historic water trench that supplied the old mill wheel)
  • Back of Etruria Gardens just off City Road.

The drawing below shows the locations of the archaeological investigations:

The archaeological investigations are required to ensure all sensitive areas within the project area have been identified and mapped. Read the progress report compiled by Trent & Peak.

Are you interested in learning more about Derby's Roman Heritage? Check out the Little Chester Archaeology Blog written by a local resident.

Interestingly since we started the archaeology work, we have had some calls about a sighting of a Roman centurion wandering on Darley Playing Fields and there are reports that some believe the area is haunted by a Roman division heard marching. If you have any information about the mystery man, please get in touch! 

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