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Historic Roman bath unearthed in Chichester park

Excavations have been taking place throughout the week Photo:

A bath belonging to one of the richest Romans in Chichester has been unearthed in a park.

The artefact, which dates back to the 3rd or 4th century AD, was found near Priory Park where three Roman buildings had already been discovered.

It's thought the bath belonged to a wealthy family due to its location.

Local residents have been given the opportunity to see the remains up close during a dig this week exploring the area in more detail.

Priory Park is located in the centre of Chichester and was given to the people of the city by the Duke of Richmond as a World War 1 memorial.

2018 will mark the centenary of the park and of the First World War.

The remains will not be kept on permanent display but returned to their current state when the work is completed.

Information will be provided on a long-term basis for people who are interested in the history of the park.

Watch the full report by Sally Simmonds below.

Sally spoke to Archaeologist James Kenny and Cllr Susan Taylor from Chichester District Council, Con.

What's remarkable about this discovery is that it has survived over 1,000 years in an occupied city. This is because they are under a park that has never been built on. This is a once in a life time opportunity for local archaeological volunteers to uncover a find like this."

"The location definitely marks one of the most affluent parts of the Roman Town, with these houses being the equivalent of a property worth millions of pounds in today's society. Only someone who was incredibly wealthy could have owned a bath house like this and paid for it to be maintained. They would have either made their money out of commerce and trading, or were a member of the local aristocracy."

– James Kenny, Archaeologist at Chichester District Council