The land on which Kerry Vale Vineyard sits is of great archaeological interest. It was once part of the ancient Roman site of Pentreheyling Fort, a vicus (a provincial civilian settlement) and is on the edge of a number of Roman marching camps.
As well as our Roman history, two decades of archaeological research show the site was once occupied by Bronze Age funerary monuments, a druid road, and a medieval settlement! With Offa’s Dyke just a field away.
The Roman fort, settlement, and marching camps were first discovered by aerial
photography in 1969 and 1973. Subsequent excavations have uncovered a quantity
of Roman pottery – including a large amphora handle, glass, and metalwork, including
coins, and metalworking residue comprising iron smithing debris and litharge cakes
(a by-product of extracting silver from argentiferous lead only known at a very
few Roman sites in Britain).
[Bayley and Eckstein, 1998].
You can see some of the Roman pottery we have found when digging in the vineyard displayed in our vineyard shop.
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