Northern hinterland (east of Road 1), Open Area 58 - Period 5

Signs of Late Roman activity along the north bank of the watercourse (i.e. in Excavation Area R) are sparse and shed no light on the nature of the Northern hinterland during this period. This paucity of features may merely be a function of this marginal location. Just to the north and north-west, the Crescent Road excavations contain a greater quantity of Late Roman remains, including a substantial, 5m-wide boundary ditch that runs parallel to the watercourse (Roy 2003) and may mark the southern edge of an enclosed landscape laid across the higher ground.

Period summary view | Open areas (lower terrace) | Open areas (upper terrace)

Post-holes (Group 972)

The north bank of the river channel is occupied by a small cluster of Late Roman post-holes (12011, 12013, 12015, 12017, 12032) and a single isolated post-hole (12013) lying just to the west of ditch 12027 (Group 968 Period 4). The ditch is almost certainly out of use by this point. All are the latest features in the recorded sequence, but none show any patterning.

Ditch 25271

Figure 175: Period 4 - Ditch 25270 (Open Area 58)

The Period 4 wood-lined ditch (Figure 175), previously conjectured to be a water channel, drain or even leat , is clearly maintained well into Period 5. Material does not accumulate within the feature until at least the 4th century. The presence of early Saxon pottery relatively low down in the infill sequence may indicate that this did not take place until the 5th century and that the Late Roman material is in fact residual.


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