Alcester Roman Settlement: Explosion Site

Description of this historic site

The remains of Roman buildings were excavated to the west of Bleachfield Street, Alcester. Roman coins were also found at this site.

Notes about this historic site

1 1976: An area of 11 x 17m was excavated in advance of redevelopment. 1m of Post Medieval material sealed the site. Medieval buildings (PRN 5490) impinged on the latest of a series of Roman buildings. The evidence for this was a spread of closely-packed sandstone rubble with a NE edge probably originally retained by a timber. Only part of the building was uncovered. A variety of pits were found at the N of the building. Immediately under the limestone spread was a row of three large post holes with two slighter post holes to the S. No floor deposits survived. Traces of a further building sealed the earliest building on the site, which was only partly uncovered but was a fairly substantial stone structure. Traces of a number of floor layers survived and one produced a coin of Licinius (307-24). The building was cut by a pit which contained mid to late 4th century pottery. The latest coins were of Gratian and Valentinian II. Traces of a possible late road were found at the E of the site.
2 1977: Further excavation including a 7 x 3m extension. Further details of the above buildings were distinguished. Most of the later deposits in this area had been destroyed. Pits of C1 to C2 date were discovered. A well was cut by the earliest building. The earliest building was set on a pebble surface and excavation was halted as anything deeper was safe from development threat. Traces of early features, possibly of Flavian date, were found.

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