The Roman Baths is part-way through a major scheme – The Archway Project – to open up new areas of the site to visitors and to expand into buildings on the other side of York Street in Bath. As part of this project, BACAS assisted with the excavations and interpretation of the archaeology of the site. BACAS was a partner of The Roman Baths on the archaeological component of the project and worked alongside the selected archaeological contractors, Cotswold Archaeology.
For the first phase of our work, John Oswin planned a geophysical survey of two zones of the new development. This was followed by a period of a few weeks during which BACAS assisted Cotswold with the excavations. In the excavation area are two features which will become part of the visitor experience: a Laconicum (a dry heat chamber) and a possible Palaestra (a Roman fitness suite!).
The BACAS report on the geophysics is now available for download.
About the Archway Project
The Roman Baths is part-way through a major scheme – The Archway Project – to open up new areas of the site to visitors and to expand into buildings on the other side of York Street in Bath. The majority of the funding for the project has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund; however, substantial funding has also been provided by Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, The Clore-Duffield Foundation and The Garfield Weston Foundation, and fund-raising continues.