REMAINS of a Roman farmstead “of some importance” have been unearthed at Whirlow Hall Farm in Sheffield.
Archaeologists and volunteers digging at the site for three weeks have discovered a wide range of Roman pottery, some of which has come from as far away as Gaul. Initial inspection of the pottery suggests dates in the second century AD – the time of the Roman emperors Hadrian and Antoninus Pius.
The farm is next to an ancient trackway that used to link Sheffield with the Peak District and across to Manchester and the archaeologists believe that it was designed to provide farm produce to the Roman supply network.
There is also evidence of lead working and remains of earlier occupation are being discovered underneath the Roman layers.
Site director Dr Clive Waddington, of Archaeological Research Services Ltd, said: “This rare discovery of Roman remains in Sheffield has revealed a high status site that had access to fine Roman goods that were no doubt traded in return for farm produce. The size and position of the site indicates it was a site of some importance and as the results come through it will help us piece together a picture of the Roman occupation in the area”.