PCA (Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd.) held a highly successful launch event at the Centre for Local Studies, Darlington Library on Saturday 26 May 2012 to mark the publication of their 15th monograph 'Faverdale, Darlington: Excavations at a major settlement in the northern frontier zone of Roman Britain' by Jennifer Proctor. Undertaken in 2004 ahead of a major development for an Argos distribution centre, the work at Faverdale remains one of the largest archaeological fieldwork projects undertaken to date in County Durham/Darlington. The site was particularly remarkable in that the discovery of a significant Roman presence in Darlington was entirely unexpected. An exhibition of Roman artefacts from Faverdale was on display at the library throughout the day of the launch event. Visitors were able to handle the artefacts and discuss the project with PCA staff, including Jenny Proctor and Vicki Ridgeway, author and editor of the Faverdale monograph, respectively.
The official launch of the monograph took place at 2pm. Richard Alty of Darlington Borough Council – the main project sponsor - spoke about
his recollections of the fieldwork in the summer/autumn of 2004 and paid tribute to PCA’s work to produce the volume. Durham County Archaeology Officer Dr. David Mason then spoke about the involvement of his colleagues – giving particular thanks to Lee McFarlane who monitored the fieldwork - and concluded by commending PCA on the quality of the publication.
Finally, Robin Taylor-Wilson, who managed the Faverdale project for PCA, added some of his recollections of the work and thanked project sponsors Darlington Borough Council, Argos and Durham County Council Archaeology Section. He also thanked the field team, the post-excavation specialists and the author and editor of the monograph and concluded proceedings by paying special tribute to the people of Darlington for their interest in the site at the time of the fieldwork and through their tremendous response to the exhibition on the day.
Edited from the Pre-Construct Archaeology website