Archaeological finds from the Roman town of Verulamium have been uncovered in St Albans.

Recent gas main works in Verulamium Park revealed the location of the corner of the town wall and a previously unknown house – the area was formerly believed to have been the location for a road.

Verulamium was the third largest city in Roman Britain and the area has been mapped through various excavations over the years.

The remains of an Opus Signinum floor - made of tiles broken into very small pieces - were also uncovered.

Mr Simon West, district archaeologist for St Albans City and District Council’s museum service, said: “Two of the holes have produced significant archaeology, which is very exciting.

“One near the park’s running track has hit the very corner of the wall around the Roman city.

"However, there is no evidence of a corner tower - this is significant as it suggests that the wall was built for show as well as for defence purposes.

“At another hole, close to the museum car park, we have found evidence of the interior of a Roman town house.”

The findings will go to the Verulamium Museum in St Michael’s Street and the holes will be filled in.