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Roman Finds, Downs Farm, Tysoe

Summary Roman coins, pottery and a lead weight were found 1km south east of Windmill Hill.
What Is It?  
Type: Findspot
Period: Romano-British (43 AD - 409 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Tysoe
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 34 42
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 Four coins; an AE3/4 of Roma (AD 330 - 346), an AE3/4 of Constantinopolis (AD 330 - 346), an Antoninianus possibly of Tetricus I (AD 270 - 273) and an AE4 of the house of Constantine (illegible legend). Pottery consisting of; 10 Samian ware sherds, 23 coarse greyware sherds, three sherds of colour-coated pottery from the Nene Valley or New Forest, five mortaria sherds, two sherds of possible Rhenish ware, eight sherds of oxidised types and 8 sherds of shell-gritted pottery. A lead steelyard weight.
2 The quantity of material suggests that this could have been an occupation site.
3 A geophysical survey in 2017 identified a probable enclosure complex in the field these finds are said to come from. These finds together with Iron Age and Roman pottery observed during the survey have been used to date the site to the Iron Age and Romano-British period.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Museum Enquiry Form
Title: WMEF 3379
Author/originator: Wise PJ
Date: 1995
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Volume/Sheet: 3379
Source No: 3
Source Type: Geophysical Survey Report
Title: A report on the geophysical surveys undertaken to investigate 'The Roman History of Tysoe'
Author/originator: Sabin D & Donaldson K
Date: 2018
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Ref No J705
Source No: 2
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Roman site at Tysoe
Author/originator: Emma Jones
Date: 2004
Page Number:
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source WMEF Warwickshire Museum Enquiry Form. These are forms that are filled in when a person brings an object to Warwickshire Museum to be identified. Amongst the information recorded on the form are details such as a description of the object, where and when it was found, and in some cases a sketch or photographs of it. Copies of the form can be viewed at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
technique Geophysical Survey The measuring and recording of electrical resistivity or magnetism in order to determine the existence and outline of buried features such as walls and ditches. Geophysical techniques include resistivity survey, magnetometer survey and ground penetrating radar. View Image back
period Iron Age About 800 BC to 43 AD

The Iron Age comes after the Bronze Age and before the Roman period. It is a time when people developed the skills and knowledge to work and use iron, hence the name ‘Iron Age’ which is given to this period. Iron is a much tougher and more durable metal than bronze but it also requires more skill to make objects from it. People continued to use bronze during this period.
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period Roman About 43 AD to 409 AD (the 1st century AD to the 5th century AD)

The Roman period comes after the Iron Age and before the Saxon period.

The Roman period in Britain began in 43 AD when a Roman commander called Aulus Plautius invaded the south coast, near Kent. There were a series of skirmishes with the native Britons, who were defeated. In the months that followed, more Roman troops arrived and slowly moved westwards and northwards.
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monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument WINDMILL * A tower-like structure of wood or brick with a wooden cap and sails which are driven around by the wind producing power to work the internal machinery. Use with product type where known. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument ENCLOSURE * An area of land enclosed by a boundary ditch, bank, wall, palisade or other similar barrier. Use specific type where known. back
monument OCCUPATION SITE * A site showing some signs of occupation but evidence is insufficient to imply permanent settlement. back
monument FOREST * A large tract of land covered with trees and interspersed with open areas of land. Traditionally forests were owned by the monarchy and had their own laws. back
monument STEELYARD * Traditionally, dating from the medieval period, this was an area on the north bank of the Thames where the Merchants of the Hanse conducted their business. Now includes a similar establishment in a provincial town. back

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