IMPORTANT historic finds uncovered by archaeologists were shown to the public for the first time.
The relics from a previously unknown Roman settlement were unearthed during a nature project near Greatham village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
The discoveries have shed new light on the history of the area during the Roman’s late occupation on the banks of the Tees Estuary.
Around 200 people flocked to an open event at Greatham Community Centre where the artefacts went on show.
Gavin Robinson, of Northern Archaeological Associates, which uncovered the relics, said: “Between 150 to 200 people came along to see the artefacts , so it was a good day.
“People were fascinated by the archaeology and everyone enjoyed themselves.
“What we found is regionally important because of what it tells us about how it features in the local picture of change during the late Iron Age and later Roman occupation.
“It is the first evidence we have come across of a settlement from the Iron Age on the north bank of the Tees Estuary.”
The finds were uncovered during the creation of a new wildlife habitat and flood management works at Greatham Creek by the Environment Agency.
It revealed a previously unknown funerary and settlement remains spanning several thousand years of activity between 4000BC and 410AD.
The artefacts are now being analysed by Northern Archaeological Associates.