FRAG Heritage Festival 2019

FRAG at 2019 Heritage Festival

FRAG joined forces with MidNAG and Nene Valley Archaeological Trust to help spread the word about Peterborough's wealth of history and archaeology. More

FRAG excavation - Fane Road Allotments May 2019

Romans of Fane Road – May 2019

FRAG went back to the Fane Road allotments for 4 days digging from 17th to 20th May. The primary objective was to understand more about the Roman wall discovered during test pitting in October 2017 (Trench 1). With a great turn-out of volunteers we were also able to open a second trench over a nearby area which had been ... More

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FRAG at the Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference

PASt Explorers is the volunteer programme of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Their annual conference happened to be in Peterborough this year - so members from FRAG went along. It was a really good day. As well as a free lunch at the Key Theatre there were interesting talks by both experienced professionals and amateur ... More

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FRAG Joins Jigsaw Cambridgeshire

In November 2017 FRAG made another step forward by affiliating to Jigsaw, a network of archaeology groups active across Cambridgeshire. Jigsaw started as a 5 year Heritage Lottery Funded project in 2011 by Oxford Archaeology East and Cambridgeshire County Council to assist local history and archaeological societies. The ... More

Fane Road Test Pits

Romans of Fane Road – 2017 Dig Diary

We are back digging the Romano-British villa site between Itter Crescent and Fane Road in Peterborough! This year we have just a few days to excavate more test pits on the Fane Road allotments. December 2017 Update Preliminary Results and Analysis The full report will be published once the finds processing and ... More

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Geophys Training in Itter Park, Peterborough

FRAG members underwent geophys training with Phil Hill in Itter Park today. A second session in the afternoon gave YAC members the chance to get hands on with the technology. The main objective was to introduce the principles and practicalities of both resistance and magnetometry surveying. By using a site adjacent ... More


The Roman Kiln

Construction and firing of a replica Roman kiln was a central element of the community dig. Amongst the Fane Road volunteers and allotment holders was an accomplished amateur potter, Wendy Gamble. With her own modern kilns nearby she could have easily produced Roman style pottery of the era of the Fane Road villa. That ... More

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Test Pits at Fane Road – October 2016

More than 30 members of the Fane Road Archaeology Group (FRAG) helped dig a series of test pits across the allotment site at Fane Road. Most of the 2m x 1m trenches reached "natural" geology within 600mm with few finds of interest. Only those nearer the villa site produced more significant amounts of pot. More