Ancient discovery at site set for homes
AN important archaeological site dating back to the Bronze and Neolithic ages has been discovered on land earmarked for the building of more than 1,200 homes in Carmarthen.
It means more archaeological work is likely to be needed on the land known as the Limes, near Travellers Rest, ahead of any homes being built as part of the Carmarthen West development.
Fragments of pottery were discovered during the archaelogical dig which will eventually be homed at the Carmarthenshire County Museum in Abergwili.
There are also possible indications of barrows (earth burial tombs) to the eastern side of the site.
A report by the Dyfed Archeological Trust written last summer has been made public as part of the planning application for 94 houses by Persimmon Homes as at the site.
The report by one of the trust's archaeologists Philip Poucher said trenches dug "identified an archaeologically significant area of late Neolithic activity".
He added: "Some archaeologically significant artefacts were recovered, consisting mainly of pottery fragments."
These finds will be temporarily stored by Dyfed Archaeological Trust Field Services and will later be taken to the museum.
The evaluation report written for county planners at Carmarthenshire Council also said that there was no initial evidence to suggest the route of the town's Roman road running through the proposed development site.
An earlier desk survey of the location suggested the line of the Roman road went across the site.
Mr Poucher added: "It is likely that further archaeological excavations will be needed at the site in advance of the proposed residential development to preserve the identified archaeological remains."
The report states that the site is also understood to have modern day use as an early 20th century golf course, a temporary military camp in 1909 and a pre-Second World War civilian aerodrome.
Local town and county councillor Alan Speake, who lives near the site said: "The historical find with the borrows and of quite rare ancient pottery fragments does seem to illustrate that this was a quite important area and location alongside a main Roman road.
"I know more work is needed but it would make sense that the Roman road runs along the site as it runs more or less parallel with the Old St Clears main route to the west via Carmarthen."
Mr Speake added: "Hopefully for the sake of local history, additional archaeological investigations can continue."