Information for record number MWA3883:
Excavation of Roman Building to West of Bleachfield St

Summary During an excavation to the west of Bleachfield Street, Alcester, the remains of a Roman building were found.
What Is It?  
Type: Building, Post Hole, Wall, Findspot
Period: Romano-British (43 AD - 409 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Alcester
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 08 57
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 To the west of Bleachfield Street. Clay floors with post holes having a 2.1m spacing were found together with dry stone walling. Below this were traces of C1 occupation. A further large rubbish pit contained much coarse pottery of late C1 - early C2 date.
2 Listed as site no 24.
3 Finds from the excavation include Roman pottery, a string of beads, brooches, tweezers, bone and bronze pins, various other bronze, glass and bone objects. See FI file for WA 3872.
4 As of 23/10/2009; FI file 3872 cannot be located.
5?Museum record cards from 1971 record a number of finds from Hughes' site S. A. Five pieces of Samian pottery and one other piece (RB84) - annotated presumably site S or R. B. Bone pin (RB99). C. Lead object, fibula, flint object, bone pin (RB85). D. Bone pin, bronze ornmaneted object, counter (RB86). E. Glass (?) counters, bronze tweezers(?) (RB87). F. Bronze pin (RB88). G. Finger ring (RB89). H. Iron object, possibly stirrup (RB90). I. Bone pin, fragment of blue glass, bone counter (RB91). J. 3 fragments of bone pins and one complete one. Bronze stud (RB92). K. Bronze object (RB93). L. Counter (Tiddley-wink) and bronze nail (RB95).

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: WM
Author/originator: PMB
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Roman Alcester
Source No: 1
Source Type: Excavation Report
Title: WMANS
Author/originator: Horsfall
Date: 1959
Page Number: 3
Volume/Sheet: 2
Source No: 3
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: ?Museum Record Cards for Hughes' Site S.
Author/originator: H V Hughes
Date: 1971
Page Number:
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source WM Warwickshire Museum Aerial Photograph Collection. A collection of oblique and vertical aerial photographs and taken by various organisations and individuals, including the Royal Airforce, The Potato Board, Warwickshire Museum. The collection is held at 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 BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument RUBBISH PIT * A pit where domestic waste material is deposited. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument MUSEUM * A building, group of buildings or space within a building, where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artefacts are housed and displayed. back
monument BLEACHFIELD * Large field or yard used to lay fabrics out ready for bleaching. back
monument WALL * An enclosing structure composed of bricks, stones or similar materials, laid in courses. Use specific type where known. back
monument POST HOLE * A hole dug to provide a firm base for an upright post, often with stone packing. Use broader monument type where known. back

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