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This is currently on display in the Chesterfield Museum along with other archaeological artefacts from the Roman period, including the wonderfully preserved and well presented selection of Roman coins from the Morton hoard found in the 1980's, and the large hoard found at Grassmoor in 1998.The archaeological team also found "˜tantalising suggestions of an Anglo-Saxon presence but little hard evidence'.One mystery remains, as John Walker explained: "The name Castra-feld which the Romans gave to this place, meant literally "˜standing walls in a field'.This suggests that when the Romans first arrived here they found pre-existing standing stone-built walls.These grew alongside the newly constructed roads, as evidenced by Roman Farmsteads discovered at Roystone Grange, near Minninglow, which stands alongside The Street, the Roman road which ran from Derby (Derventio) to Buxton, and others alongside Hereward Street and beside Rykneild Street at both Higham and Pentrich.All who resisted were mercilessly put to the sword and their villages destroyed.An annex was added to the south between 140-150 AD, by which time the eastern Vicus just to the north of Spa Lane was out of use.
Mr Walker went on to say that as an academic subject it was "˜imprecise' and that his job was to "read the signs and interpret the ground - thus, by its very nature archeology is speculative, open to interpretation, and this is why everything we claim for Roman Chesterfield must be prefixed by the word possible"? For example, on the outline map showing the extent of Roman Chesterfield the site is marked of the "˜possible extent of the fort ditch'; by the same token, and despite the widely accepted fact that the Roman road of Ryknield Street passed close to the eastern boundary of the "˜possible' fort - following the course of Lordsmill Street and St.
According to the sketch produced by the university archaeologists, the centre of the original fort was about 50 yards to the west of the Crooked Spire in the area currently occupied by Woolworths.
From this point the fort complex extended outwards for about 75 yards in all directions.
The Camp in the Field A surprisingly large audience of around five hundred gathered at a public meeting at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield in 2003 to hear Professor John Walker, the Director of the Department of Archaeology at Manchester University deliver the results of his findings following the latest archaeoligical "˜dig' in the town.
But the bearded and bespectacled Professor, who described himself as "˜simply a sad fat man who digs holes in the ground' revealed far more information about "˜Roman Chesterfield' than did the actual ground that he and his team had recently excavated!