Site of Possible Romano British Settlement, Priors Hardwick
The site of a possible Roman farmstead. Fragments of pottery, animal bone and human bone have been found at the site. It is located 800m south west of Priors Hardwick.
1 In 1978 and 1979 pottery and animal bones were picked up in a ploughed field. 90% of the pottery was identified as as Roman and the finds were donated to the Museum.
2 Apart from the odd Medieval (PRN 6300) and Post Medieval sherd (PRN 6301) the collection is mostly 3rd to 4th century Midland grey ware. There is enough to indicate a Roman farmstead.
3 Most of the pottery was identified as 3rd to 4th century with a very few 2nd century sherds. Most of the pottery is local, with one sherd of Samian and a piece of colour-coated.
4 Some human bone was found in the same field. The pottery scatter is still well-defined.
5 Additional finds made consisted of two Roman coins, one of the first century, and a dolphin brooch.
6 Drawing of 5.
7 Sketch of the location of the human bones found in 1983.
8 Receipt form for potsherds brought in for identificaton.
9 Portable Antiquities Scheme find provenance information:
Date found: 2005-08-31T23:00:00Z
Date found (2): 2005-11-01T00:00:00Z
Methods of discovery: Metal detector