04 April Jewry Wall

The Jewry Wall site was excavated between 1936 and 1939 (by K Kenyon), after which the remains of the Roman bath house were consolidated for public display., and the museum opened in 1966. The museum is currently closed for a major revamp. Part of this requires a new pedestrian access ramp. Following archaeological evaluation in 2016, the ramp is still at the drawing board stage, so this time the area of the Scheduled Monument to be – possibly – effected by the ramp was investigated fully to help architects design around the surviving in situ archaeology.
The open area strip excavation was located at the southern edge of the Jewry Wall baths ruins, immediately adjacent to the public footpath to the south. The area under investigation was previously the very edge of the 1930s excavation. This mini-excavation revealed archaeological evidence in the middle area, and consisted of two Roman walls, a patch of tessellated pavement (not another one!), and associated floor make-up levels. These could relate to the baths complex, or perhaps more like may be evidence for a separate building adjacent to the baths (perhaps the same structure as the Peacock Pavement building [15m to the SE], discovered in 1898 and excavated in 1965. This building is believed to be a town house for an important official, or else a mansio (Clay and Mellor 1994, 2-11).

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