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Archaeological microscope

By mgrodentz  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

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Parts of Kings Square and the bus station are shortly to be put under the 'archaeological microscope' – and are expected to reveal exciting details of Gloucester's history.

A total of five trenches are to be dug on the two sites to find and record evidence of the City's past – in advance of a planning application that will herald the start of the Kings Quarter regeneration.

The trenches will be up to 12 foot deep and it is hoped will reveal parts of the original Roman Glevum city and potentially a Cistercian Friary.

The work is due to get underway on May 19 and will take about eight weeks to complete.

The trenches will have to be fenced off for safety but there will be 'gaps' to allow the public to get a glimpse of what is happening.

Explanatory boards will also be displayed which will describe the work and why it is taking place.

Andrew Armstrong, the city archaeologist, explained: " Before any major new developments take place it is a requirement that the site is researched so that we know exactly what archaeology is there and can record it and take steps to ensure that remains are preserved beneath the new buildings.

" We are hoping for some exciting finds. We know for example that there was a friary in this part of the city – and it may have been as large as the existing Blackfriars Priory.

" We are hoping to involve  local residents as much as we can. We are looking into the possibility of displaying  photos of any finds that we discover and also of holding some sort of guided tours. We also plan to give a talk on the results of our investigations."

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