Ian Meadows on Roman vineyards in the UK
This show was published 17 February 2011
Ian Meadows, archaeologist, excavated the first proven vineyard in Roman Britain in Woolston in the Nene Valley as part of the planning process for a site that was to be dug up for gravel. They found tracks, fields and river courses as well as 2 and a bit vineyards growing around one of the farms. The evidence for a vineyard was in the form of cellulose from pollen grains from the vine itself. The grains don't travel a great distance and have a distinctive shape confirming they could only be from vines. There were also parallel strips of trenches in several hectares, indicating rows of vines. Ian goes on to tell us the three methods the Romans used to plant out vines and how the method used here involved digging below the subsoil, allowing it to be found hundreds of years later.
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