An archaeology student had the find of her life when she took part in her first dig.
Katie Balham, 18, was involved in the excavation in her first week of her studies. at the University of Central Lancashire.
A team of first year students working in Ribchester revisited the site of an earlier dig.
Among the hoard of finds were many pieces of pottery, a small copper alloy brooch pin, a coin dating from the 4th century AD and the premier find - a piece of second century pottery featuring a bird, possibly an eagle, attacking what looked like a hare and also decorated with the figure of a cherub and a tree.
A delighted Katie said she had not known what it was, thinking at first her find looked like a bit of brick. She said: “Then I was excited, really excited.”
Tutor Dr Jim Morris, who led the dig with colleague Dr Duncan Sayer, said: “Our university course is very practical. This was the first week of their degree - it gives them a good taste of archaeology.”
He said rather than be in the classroom just talking about a Roman road the attitude is: “Let’s find one - and we did”.
As for Katie’s find, Dr Morris said: “This is Samian ware from the second century AD – this was in effect the Wedgwood of the Roman period. This might be from Gaul or France imported into Britain and turned up in Ribchester.”
Regarding the coin, which is thought to date from the Constantine era, he said: “You can just about make out the letters. There were some modern (pieces) and a fair amount of fragments of different types of Roman pottery as well.”
The university is hoping to work again in Ribchester.