Chesterton Camp. Excavation 1961

Description of this historic site

An archaeological excavation on either side of the Fosse Way exposed the cobbled foundations of the north gatehouse and evidence of two periods of occupation associated with Chesterton Roman Camp.

Notes about this historic site

1 1961: Excavation either side of the Fosse Way exposed the cobbled foundations of the N gate and two periods of town defences. A clay rampart 9m wide was protected by a 2.7m stone wall, probably contemporary, and at least two ditches, later replaced (after the late 3rd century) by a single broad ditch with flat bottom. The earlier version of the Fosse Way had a well-cambered 9m carriageway with side ditches; the central strip continued to be made up, but the gutters were eventually filled and covered by encroaching buildings, and at the gate the road was only 3m wide.
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3 Very little survived. In most cases only the foundation stones of the walls remained, but in places even these had gone. The gate was probably on the inner face of the gateway, where the heavy foundations to support an arch were found. This was a simple type of gateway and does not appear to have been modified in the later period.
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