Information for record number MWA13172:
Roman rural settlement north of Campden Road, Shipston-on-Stour

Summary Features which suggest a Roman agricultural settlement were discovered by geophysics and an evaluation carried out in 2012. There appears to be two distinct phases with multiple forms of activity including small-scale industrial ironworking.
What Is It?  
Type: Settlement, Metal Working Site, Ditch, Pit
Period: Romano-British (43 AD - 409 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Shipston on Stour
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 24 40
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Level of Protection Local

Source Number  

2 A geophysical survey and an archaeological evaluation were carried out on land to the north of Campden Road, Shipston-on-Stour. This encountered a series of features and evidence to suggest a Roman agricultural settlement. A number of Roman ditches, gullies and pits were discovered with a variety of finds. Two distinct phases of activity were apparent, one dating to the 1st to 2nd centuries AD, the other to the 2nd to 4th centuries AD. The later phase included some evidence for small-scale industry in the form of ironworking shown by the presence of ironworking slag. The presence of multiple intercutting ditches and pits indicates the likelihood of multiple settlement activity. Finds included pottery but also ceramic building material, fired clay, a spindle whorl, briquetage, human skeletal material and animal bone. The finds are typical of a low-status rural agricultural settlement. The remains of the settlement had been heavily truncated by later deep ploughing.
3 Report on the geophysical survey carried out on the site which identified a series of enclosures, and a number of cut features, attributed to an agricultural settlement of Roman date.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Cultural Heritage Assessment
Title: Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire: Heritage Desk-based assessment
Author/originator: Romanowska, I
Date: 2012
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Evaluation Report
Title: Campden Road, Shipston-on Stour, Warwickshire: Archaeological Evaluation
Author/originator: Tsamis, V & Cox, S
Date: 2012
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 12263
Source No: 3
Source Type: Geophysical Survey Report
Title: Geophysical Survey Report: Shipston-on-Stour
Author/originator: Smalley R
Date: 2012
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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 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 SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument SETTLEMENT * A small concentration of dwellings. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument PIT * A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more specific type where known. 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 DITCH * A long and narrow hollow or trench dug in the ground, often used to carry water though it may be dry for much of the year. back
monument METAL WORKING SITE * A site where metal is worked. Use specific type where known. back

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