Information for record number MWA3850:
Excavation of Fort Defences, 1968

Summary Part of the defensive ditch of the Roman fort at Mancetter was excavated. It was situated 25m east of Mancetter Road, Mancetter.
What Is It?  
Type: Defence, Ditch
Period: Romano-British (43 AD - 409 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Mancetter
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 32 96
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Scheduled Monument (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 1968: A section was cut at the almhouses parallel to and near that dug by Oswald in 1955 (WA 397). The banks visible on the surface are associated with a 17th century or 18th century hedge line, but by coincidence they coincided with the inner ditch of a three-ditch military system. The outer ditch was steep-sided, of typical profile; the inner one was shallow and possibly contained a thorn barrier. The only dateable material is a fragment of form 29 of MEDILLUS (c. 60-80AD) from the inner ditch, but associated coarse wares would fit this late Neronian-early Flavian context.
2 Excavation report.
3 Photograph.
4 Diagram.
5 Noted.
6 Noted; confirmed E defences.

Source No: 5
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Brittania
Author/originator: Scott K
Date: 1984
Page Number: 295
Volume/Sheet: 15
Source No: 4
Source Type: Drawing
Title: RB fort, Mancetter
Author/originator: Scott K
Date: 1971-3
Page Number: Fig 1
Volume/Sheet: 85
Source No: 1
Source Type: Excavation Report
Title: WMANS
Author/originator: Scott K
Date: 1968
Page Number: 13
Volume/Sheet: 11
Source No: 2
Source Type: Excavation Report
Title: TBAS vol 85
Author/originator: Scott K
Date: 1971-3
Page Number: 211-3
Volume/Sheet: 85
Source No: 3
Source Type: Photograph
Title: TBAS vol 85
Author/originator: Scott K
Date: 1971-3
Page Number: Plate 35
Volume/Sheet: 85
Source No: 6
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Roman Mancetter (notes and site gazetteer)
Author/originator: Scott K?
Date: 1983?
Page Number:
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none Scheduled Monument Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs) are those archaeological sites which are legally recognised as being of national importance. They can range in date from prehistoric times to the Cold War period. They can take many different forms, including disused buildings or sites surviving as earthworks or cropmarks.

SAMs are protected by law from unlicensed disturbance and metal detecting. Written consent from the Secretary of State must be obtained before any sort of work can begin, including archaeological work such as geophysical survey or archaeological excavation. There are nearly 200 SAMs in Warwickshire.
source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
source WMANS West Midlands Archaeological News Sheet, a publication that was produced each year, this later became West Midlands Archaeology. The West Midlands Arcaheological News Sheet contains reports about archaeological work that was carried out in the West Midlands region in the previous year. It includes information about sites dating from the Prehistoric to the Post Medieval periods. It was produced the Department of Extramural Studies at Birmingham University. Copies are held at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
technique excavation Archaeologists excavate sites so that they can find information and recover archaeological materials before they are destroyed by erosion, construction or changes in land-use.

Depending on how complicated and widespread the archaeological deposits are, excavation can be done by hand or with heavy machinery. Archaeologists may excavate a site in a number of ways; either by open area excavation, by digging a test pit or a trial trench.
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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 SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument FORT * A permanently occupied position or building designed primarily for defence. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument DEFENCE * This is the top term for the class. See DEFENCE Class List for narrow terms. 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 BARRIER * An obstruction, usually manmade, which is used to restrict or prevent access to a settlement, building or area of land. Use more specific type where known. back
monument HEDGE * Usually a row of bushes or small trees planted closely together to form a boundary between pieces of land or at the sides of a road. back

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