Information for record number MWA8150:
RB Defences at Gas House Lane

Summary The remains part of the defensive ditch which protected the Roman town of Alcester were found during archaeological work. The site was located in Gas House Lane, Alcester.
What Is It?  
Type: Defence, Ditch?
Period: Romano-British (43 AD - 409 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Alcester
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 09 57
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 Evaluation carried out during Jan-Mar 1988. 5 trenches were excavated by hand to a depth of 1.5-2m with trenches 2 & 4 fully emptied of archaeological deposits. In trench 2 RB layers may represent the town ditch. trench 5 produced RB deposits possibly representing the fill of the town ditch. The theory that the SE of the site was occupied by the town defences was reinforced during the evaluation as the SE third of the site contained remains which are probably part of the RB town ditch.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Evaluation Report
Title: Riverside Works redevelopment, Gas House Lane, Alcester
Author/originator: Warwickshire Museum
Date: 1988
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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 LAYER * An archaeological unit of soil in a horizontal plane which may seal features or be cut through by other features. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument TOWN DEFENCES * Defensive fortifications such as ramparts, ditches and stone walls, built to defend a town or city. back
monument TOWN DITCH * A ditch constructed to surround a town for defensive purposes. back
monument DEFENCE * This is the top term for the class. See DEFENCE Class List for narrow terms. 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 GAS HOUSE * An ancilliary building, usually to provide gas for lighting a particular building (eg. railway stations, factories, etc) as opposed to public GAS WORKS. back
monument TOWN * An assemblage of public and private buildings, larger than a village and having more complete and independent local government. back
monument WORKS * Usually a complex of buildings for the processing of raw materials. Use specific type where known. back

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