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Great Wilbraham Roman Villa & Fleam Dyke

Ette, John and Hinds, Sarah Great Wilbraham Roman Villa & Fleam Dyke. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A Roman villa dating from the first to the fourth centuries AD was identified at Great Wilbraham in the summer of 1990 by John Ette, Assistant County Archaeologist for Cambridgeshire. The villa lay on the route of a new water pipeline to be laid by the National Rivers Authority. Excavation revealed a series of rectangular rooms with rammed chalk floors, one of which had substantial flint and mortar foundations, and a second which was retained by timber post holes and wall slots. There was a circular pit located some 13 metres to the south of the building, cut into a square, rammed chalk platform. The pit contained an intact Roman altar, only the third to be found in Cambridgeshire, and below the altar further architectural fragments including the base of a column. The project also recognised an extension of Fleam Dyke, and Anglo-Saxon defensive earthwork, between Great Wilbraham and Fen Ditton.

Item Type:Client Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Roman, Cambridgeshire, Villa, Great Wilbraham, Altar, Anglo-Saxon, Earthwork, Fen Ditton, Excavation, Chalk platform, Column, Topography, Geology, National Rivers Authority, Medieval, Pipe-trench, Enclosure, Field ditch, Ring ditch, Samian pottery, Jewellery, Weights, Coins, Lead vat, Roman settlement, Metal detecting, Cremated bone, Grave goods, Cremation burial, Fleam Dyke, Embanked hedge, Soil stripping, Topsoil, Chalk, Aerial photographs, Ordinance survey, Maynards map, Clay fragments, Flint cobbles, Brooch fragments, Bronze bracelet, Pin, Spoon, Ring, Iron key, Axe head, Pewter vessel, Machine dug trench, Section plan, Flue tile, Antonine foundation, Altar pit, V shaped slot, Faunal remains, Nene Valley, Hadham orange ware, Flagon, Beaker, Post hole
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cambridgeshire
Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:4065
Deposited By: Archives
Deposited On:27 Jul 2018 12:43
Last Modified:27 Jul 2018 12:43

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