But Andy said he was still excited about the dig. In the first couple of hours, the team had already found some new Roman artefacts and hoped to discover much more.
It is on this site that a team of archaeologists will sink a series of trenches over the next couple of weeks in an attempt to decisively chart the extent of Roman ruins under the surface.
Andy, an enthusiastic young man and the site supervisor, stood beside the digger, watching its wide scoop carefully scraping the soil back, layer by layer.
What this means is that, if the dig unearths something special, the team might be able to get permission to mount a much bigger operation to investigate the full extent of their findings.
"Roman soldiers at the fort would have needed people to mend their clothes and armour and would have needed food. It is likely there will have been other buildings nearby.
A team of workers from Oxford Archaeology has been drafted in to carry out the work and, at about lunchtime yesterday, work had started on two separate trenches.
an idea of the extent of the suspected Roman bath house evidence of which was found near the cricket pavilion in the 1920s dig.
we will leave things where they are."
"There is always the chance we will find nothing", he admitted. "But we have carried out initial studies and done ground radar and electromagnetic resonance which give you an idea where any anomalies are under the ground, then you plan your trenches around that data.
"The car park is much higher, so to get down to the level any ruins would be at, we would need a very wide trench to maintain the stability and it just wouldn't work with the space available."
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The turf had been surgically sliced and peeled back to preserve it for replacement afterwards and a large digger had got to work carving a trench.
"With the existence of the fort known on the other side of the field, along with the bath house this side, I feel there is a chance we will find other buildings.
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As these plans involve bolstering existing walls and embankments in Chester Green and along City Road, as part of the planning process, an examination of the Roman ruins in the ground was scheduled to be carried out.
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Pete Marsden, project advisor for Jackson Civil Engineering, the group charged with implementing the flood defence plans, said: "The Environment Agency has come up with a preferred option and when they have approval for that, we will put it into place.
Depending on the outcome of these digs, flood defence improvement work may continue as scheduled or if something really special was unearthed may have to be Nike Shoes Casual diverted to preserve the ruins.
out the huge mound of dirt on the far side of the trench, he added: "We would have been here for days trying do what we've done in a couple of hours with the digger today."
Archaeologists hoping Chester Green cricket pitch dig runs into fine catch of Roman relics
The preservation of Derby's Roman heritage is vital, according to Derby city councillor's Martin Repton and Hardyal Dhindsa, who attended the dig yesterday.
This would mean changes to the Environment Agency's flood defence plans.
It has long been known that there are buildings a fort and what is believed to be a bath house buried in Chester Green. Much of this was discovered by the last professional dig in the area, back in the 1920s.
With one eye on the deepening hole, he said: "This is the first of seven trenches we will dig in Parker's Piece over the next two weeks. We had wanted to put a trench into the car park next to the Aida Bliss buildings but we have decided that won't be feasible.
Therefore, two digs are planned over the coming months. The first, which started yesterday, will cover Parker's Piece. The second will take place in the Darley Playing Fields next month.
"We'll dig to about 1.2 metres. After that, the walls get unstable, but that should be enough to see any ruins there are. It is my hope that we will uncover enough to push for a full excavation."
"If anything significant is found we will have to adapt the plans to go around the remains.
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