It is believed that the temple was abandoned at the end of the 2nd century and that it may have been demolished to provide building materials for the fortifications of Verulamium (St Albans), which was constructed at about this time. The Maylands Gateway area appears then to have been used for agriculture, with field systems and corn dryers established on the site.
However, it seems that not all the building materials from the temple complex were taken to Verulamium. Some of the tiles appear to have made their way back to the site of the original kilns, where they were reused to construct corn dryers, three of which were discovered by the archaeologists, along with evidence of the agricultural landscape.
As the team uncovered the structures, they recorded their findings and the Roman brick and tiles - together with other findings such as pottery, metalwork and bone - have been removed for further study and preservation.
The site has now been handed back to the construction team at Winvic, the main contractor at Prologis Park Hemel Hempstead. As we build for the future, it is fascinating to discover that there was industrial activity on the Prologis Park site over 2,000 years ago.