Information for record number MWA503:
Roman pit, Alcester.

Summary A Roman pit was excavated and various finds were recovered from this feature and the surrounding area. Finds included Roman coins, and pottery. Paths, possibly of Roman date were also found at this site, on the east side of Birch Abbey, Alcester.
What Is It?  
Type: Pit, Path, 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

Source Number  

1 Davis excavated in the Abbey or Nursery Gardens and in the Abbey School Gardens - now mostly taken over by the needle works - on many occasions. He found a good deal of pottery here. In June 1925 he found a 'Belgic' urn in which was grey-black matter. Other finds include much coarse ware, Samian, nails, mortar, concrete, a refuse pit with animal bones, a course of burnt rubbish and a path of gravel stones, a spindle whorl and one large brass and a bronze coin.
2 Mentioned. The Belgic urn was dated to the mid-late first century by Prof. Atknison, which was considered the earliest occupation at Alcester, apart from the coins.
3 Mentioned; presented to the society by Davis in 1927.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Alcester Notes
Author/originator: W A Seaby
Date: 1954
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: WM
Author/originator: Seaby W A
Page Number: No 61
Volume/Sheet: Map and Notes
Source No: 3
Source Type: Serial
Title: TBAS vol 52
Date: 1927
Page Number: 303-4
Volume/Sheet: 52
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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 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
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 NURSERY GARDEN * A horticultural site where trees, shrubs and plants are grown for sale and transplanting elsewhere. back
monument SCHOOL * An establishment in which people, usually children, are taught. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument URN * A garden ornament, usually of stone or metal, designed in the the form of a vase used to receive the ashes of the dead. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument ABBEY * A religious house governed by an abbot or abbess. Use with narrow terms of DOUBLE HOUSE, MONASTERY or NUNNERY. back
monument PATH * A way made for pedestrians, especially one merely made by walking (often not specially constructed). 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 GARDEN * An enclosed piece of ground devoted to the cultivation of flowers, fruit or vegetables and/or recreational purposes. Use more specific type where known. back
monument WORKS * Usually a complex of buildings for the processing of raw materials. Use specific type where known. back

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