See fascinating treasures from Keynsham's Roman and medieval history at open day next month
By BeckyFeather | Wednesday, October 03, 2012, 10:56
Keynsham people will have the chance to see some fascinating archaeological treasures discovered in the town, including medieval items from the excavation of Keynsham Abbey and a Roman villa.
The Samson and the Lion boss found during the excavation of Keynsham Abbey
This Roman mosaic panel found in Keynsham will also be on display on November 3
All that remains today of Keynsham Abbey - but artefacts found during the archaeological dig half a century ago will be on display at an open day at the Pixash Lane Store next month
The collection, which will be on show at the What's in Store? event on Saturday, November 3 at the Pixash Lane Store, next to Pixash Lane Recycling Centre, includes Roman mosaics discovered at Durley Hill in the 1920s which have not been on public display for more than a decade.
One panel, pictured, is near complete, and depicts the Roman tale of Europa and the Bull.
You can find out more about the villa, considered one of the finest known from Roman Britain, from the information board at Keynsham Cemetery at Durley Hill.
Also on display will be stonework found during the 1961 excavation of Keynsham Abbey. There are three bosses, believed to be from the Chapter House, the best of which depicts Samson and the Lion, pictured. There are also glazed floor tiles, including some with griffins, birds and complex patterns.
The building of the Keynsham bypass in 1961 destroyed a large part of the remains of the Augustianian abbey which was founded in 1167 and dissolved in 1539.
What is left of the abbey can be seen in Keynsham's Memorial Park, next to the bypass. The remains are Grade I listed and the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Finds excavated from the stone mines under Combe Down in Bath, including pieces of worked stone, apprentice pieces, iron tools and beer bottles and clay pipes used by the miners, will also be on show at the What's in Store? event which is from 11am to 3pm.
It is part of Heritage Open Week 2012, which will see more than 20 museums, galleries and heritage sites across Bath and North East Somerset hosting special events and activities from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 4.