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The Archaeology of Cheltenham

The archaeology collection of The Wilson contains a rich quantity of material relating to the prehistoric and Roman occupation of the North Cotswolds and parts of the Severn Vale – but, until recently, archaeological knowledge for Cheltenham town itself was at best sketchy and derived mostly from chance finds.

What deposits might once have existed were generally believed to have been destroyed by the Regency re-building of the town and the deep cellarage that accompanied it. Now, thanks to the increase in modern developer-led, mostly professionally carried out, archaeology, this is changing. The findings of these excavations may vary in their nature and in the quantity of finds but the resultant reports and archival records deposited in the Museum provide much new, and sometimes exciting, evidence about the town’s origins.

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