Described by some as ‘Britain’s Pompeii’, the excavation of the Roman fort at Binchester (County Durham in north-east England) is revealing the remains of buildings whose walls still stand above head height. Among many extraordinary finds is a silver ring (above) its semi-precious (carnelian) stone is engraved with an anchor and two fish and is reputed to be one of the earliest pieces of evidence for Christianity in Roman Britain.

Follow the Roman Binchester blog here. The fort is open to the public every year, from the Easter weekend through to the 30 September. Details on the Roman Binchester Research Project here.