Excavations at a Roman site have revealed the 'Pompeii of the north', delighted archaeologists have said.
The spectacular discoveries at Binchester Roman Fort in Co Durham, date back some 1,800 years and include one of the earliest pieces of evidence for Christianity in Roman Britain in the shape of a silver ring.
The archaeologists have discovered a bath house with seven-foot high walls and the original floor, doorways and window openings.
Dr David Mason, principal archaeologist for Durham County Council, said: "These findings are hugely significant as they are virtually intact and present a graphic illustration of life under the Roman Empire. They are so stunning and spectacular that we can claim we have our very own 'Pompeii of the north'," he said.