A team of researchers from the Cambridge University has ended centuries of speculation as to where, or indeed whether, the lost Roman amphitheatre of northern England existed.
Archaeologists, led by a young woman who grew up locally and was told the amphitheatre legend by her grandfather, recently discovered the lost amphitheatre on a Yorkshire hilltop.
The summit of Studforth Hill, just outside the village of Aldborough between Harrogate and York, is now home to grazing cattle but was once the largest outdoor arena in northern England.
Scientists using geomagnetic sensors located a tiered bank of seats beneath curving mounds of earth.
Most of these seats were destroyed centuries ago, but the top of Studforth Hill has kept secret the surviving section for centuries.
“It was under our noses. I used to come here as a girl with my friends because the slope and terracing made it Aldborough”s sledging hill,” the Daily Mail quoted Rose Ferraby, who led the research, as telling the Guardian.
“My granddad told me the story of the lost amphitheatre and I got more and more interested through doing odd jobs at the manor house, whose garden has plenty of Roman remains,” she added.
The archaeologists also believe that the amphitheatre was flanked by a sports stadium.