Information for record number MWA8031:
Possible RB Ditch at Gramer's Almshouses

Summary A Roman ditch was recorded during an excavation. It was situated 50m west of Mancetter Road, Mancetter.
What Is It?  
Type: 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: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 The work of installing the gas main to the Almshouses involved excavating small trenches along the route to allow pipe insertion. Seven trenches were opened. Only in trench 2 was there any indication of archaeology, this could possibly be a ditch of which only one side was encountered and may be an extension of the one found in 1984, WA 4632. There were no finds.
2 Map.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Map
Title: Almshouses Gas Installation: Trench Positions for Mole
Author/originator: Scott K
Date: 1996
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Report on Salvage Recording
Author/originator: Scott K
Date: 1996
Page Number:
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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 ALMSHOUSE * A house devoted to the shelter of the poor and endowed by a benefactor for this use. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument TRENCH * An excavation used as a means of concealment, protection or both. 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 MOLE * A massive structure, usually of stone, serving as a pier or breakwater, or joining two places separated by water. back

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