Record Details

NHER Number:12737
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman ditches and pits


An excavation carried out by the NAU in 1977 before the construction of a new slip road revealed Roman ditches which are likely part of an enclosure, Roman pits, and Roman pottery. The pottery assemblage dates these features to the first century AD.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 5119 1234
Map Sheet:TG51SW

Full description

17 August 1977. Watching Brief.
Construction of a slip road for the Caister Bypass revealed a site dated to 1st century AD by Early Roman pottery.
Limited excavation by A. Lawson (NAU) and A. Rogerson (NAU) revealed two ditches at right angles and a number of pits both inside and outside angle formed by their intersection. These features may be the corner of an enclosure continuing to the north under the field, but there is no trace of an enclosure on air photographs. These features likely predate the main occupation of the defended settlement at Caister (NHER 8675).
Site destroyed 22 August 1977.
See (S1-2) for further details.
A. Lawson (NAU).

Monument Types

  • DITCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FINDSPOT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Unpublished Document: Lawson, A.. 1978. Archaeological Work on the Caister-on-Sea Bypass. 13 March.
<S2>Monograph: Darling, M. J. and Gurney, D. 1993. Caister-on-Sea Excavations by Charles Green, 1951-55. East Anglian Archaeology. No 60. p 42; Appendix 6.

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