Roman pottery found in sewers

United Utilities are currently working to replace the 200 year old sewers in Damside Street, Lancaster.

United Utilities are currently working to replace the 200 year old sewers in Damside Street, Lancaster.

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Fragments of Roman pottery and food waste from the 18th century have been uncovered during work to replace Lancaster’s sewer system.

Engineers working for United Utilities had to tread carefully when working at the Damside Street site, as the area was subject to archaeological monitoring, due to the now culverted Lancaster mill race running through the site.

Enormous sewer pipes and underground storage tanks the size of Olympic swimming pools have now been carved out deep underground, in one of the biggest engineering schemes Lancaster has seen. The £18m project will enhance the city’s sewer system, in order to reduce river pollution.

 

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