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Next Talk is on 26th February 2024 - Bathford Parish Hall at 8:00pm."Batheaston By Pass and its archaeology" presented by Peter Davenport. - The earliest finds "merited, publication and were of national significance". It was only during earthmoving for the construction of the Batheaston Bypass that archaeological traces were noted. The Bath Archaeological Trust, with co-operation and financial support from both Ameys and the Highways agency managed the subsequent salvage excavation. The project was managed by Peter Davenport and revealed and recorded important remains of a rural settlement founded around 250BC and continuing into the late Roman period and beyond. The building of the Batheaston Bypass which opened in 1996 was highly controversial and both the construction and archaeological phases were beset by intrusive security issues. These were aimed at those who tried to stop the project by, among other tactics, ensconcing themselves in inconvenient trees. The Bypass was supposed to continue past the Bathford Roundabout but made no further progress. Although there are, in the Bath Record Office, innumerable surveys and planning documents proposing a network of new carriageways across Bath, most of them were dropped. Peter will describe the history and background of the site and the artefacts unearthed and their present location. En passant, he will also tell us his memories of the opposition to the project and its impact.