A1 Leeming to Barton: 10,000 Years of Life and Death in the Vale of Mowbray

North Yorkshire

Client

Carillion/Morgan Sindall Joint Venture (CMS JV) on behalf of Highways England

Services

Excavation

Landscapes

Finds

Environment

Consultancy

Following NAA’s effective delivery of archaeological works on the A1 Dishforth to Leeming Bar scheme, CMS JV was enthusiastic to continue to use NAA as the archaeological contractor for the £400 million A1 upgrade over 19km of the road between Leeming and Barton in North Yorkshire. The investigations were guided by research priorities formulated in consultation with the CMS JV, project consultants AECOM, and Historic England.

Archaeological fieldwork between 2013 and 2017 included large-scale excavations at two Scheduled Monuments: the Roman roadside settlement and cemetery at Bainesse, and the well-preserved and deeply stratified Roman town of Cataractonium. Archaeological monitoring of construction works exposed numerous new and non-designated sites including a large settlement at Scotch Corner that was occupied at the time of the Roman invasion during the 1st century AD.

The focus of the project is now concentrated on assessment and analysis of the archaeological records and remains recovered by the excavations. An extensive public outreach programme is ongoing alongside studies to produce three monographs and several articles. The programme has an overall completion date of 2020, and the publication and dissemination of the archaeological results will provide an enduring legacy to this major national infrastructure project.

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