Evidence of Roman settlement at Durham Cathedral

Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a Roman settlement on the land where Durham Cathedral now stands.

Evidence of Roman settlement at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral: once a Roman settlement, according to new evidence. Credit: PA
Hard at work: the team includes archaeologists from Durham University. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Hidden treasure: the archaeologists have uncovered a wealth of material from several periods of history. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a Roman settlement on the peninsula where Durham Cathedral now stands.

They have unearthed samian ware, a type of glossy red pottery from the Roman era.

The team of archaeologists, which includes specialists from Durham University, are also studying the lives of medieval monks.