Roman fortress defensive ditches 100m west of Mancetter Farm, Mancetter.
Outer two Roman fortress defensive ditches 100m west of Mancetter Farm, Mancetter.
1 A 40m length of the outer Roman ditch has been emptied; if another season can be arranged, a gate position is likely to be proved.
2 Excavation has re-excavated the ditch section dug in 1978, (WA 3495), continued this to the N. So far only the outer ditch has been dug, yielding pottery, bronze finds, etc., all dating to c. 60AD. It is thought that the ditch was open only for a very short time (c1 year).
3 Noted in Britannia (1984).
6 Archaeological trial trenching at Old Farm Road, Mancetter (SP 31779662), recorded the line of the outer two Roman defensive ditches in the NW corner of the fortress. These were of military type and dated from the 1st century AD. This work confirmed the existence of an outer (fourth) ditch of similar form to that of the third.
7 Ditch referred to within 1 and 2 is actually the third ditch of the defences, not the outer ditch.
8 Noted, again as the ‘outer’ ditch.