Despite heavy rain, over 150 people took advantage of the organised Open Day and turned out to look around the ongoing excavation of the Roman road at the Tesco store development site in Newtown on July 14th - and, having braved the conditions, they all seemed very impressed by what they saw. There has been considerable interest in the work, but public access to the site has not been possible because of the demolition and building work going on. Tesco were keen to remedy this and arranged the Open Day to allow people to satisfy their curiosity.
The CPAT digging team (and the odd Roman) were on hand to answer questions. The excavation is now nearing its end but the team will be working away, whatever the weather, to ensure the road's secrets are revealed and recorded before Tesco's new store starts to emerge from Newtown's former Smithfield market site.