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Between 1906 and 1914, over 22 hectares of Roman Corbridge (Coria) were excavated by local labourers. Their discoveries were of national significance and the quality and quantity of Coria’s artefacts and buildings astounded visitors and archaeologists alike.
Each season, local brick makers, gardeners, miners and quarrymen were employed to shift the tonnes of soil which had hidden Coria from sight for centuries. Their work was fundamental in the discovery of Coria but their stories have been untold until now. Using a series of photographs, some staged, some candid, we have started to identify the anonymous workers at the heart of this extraordinary exploration and have placed them in context across the archaeological site that they helped to uncover.