Record Details

NHER Number:16600
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Roman settlement and saltern


Roman pottery and briquetage has been found during fieldwalking, suggesting that this is the site of a Roman settlement and adjacent saltern, one of a number of Roman settlements and salterns along the course of the Fen Causeway Roman road, see NHER 2796. Linear cropmarks and soilmarks of unknown date are visible on aerial photographs of the site, and may be of Roman date.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 556 004
Map Sheet:TF50SE

Full description

Pre 26 March 1975. Cropmarks and soilmarks. NMR air photographs..
Linear soilmarks and cropmarks along the course of the Fen Causeway in grid square 5500.
J. Bown (NAU) 6 October 1980.

For discussion of road or roddon running east-to-west through complex, see NHER 2796.

8 December 1987. Fenland fieldwalking. Young cereal, weathered ground but much beet waste which restricts visibility.
Context 2. Field centre as grid reference above.
Odd fragments Roman sherds. NDH AB.
Context 3 at 5544 0030.
Concentration of sparse Roman pottery. Some bone fragments and slate fragments. Moderate quantities of small brick lumps (contemporary?) with odd oyster shell. On north side of Fen Causeway roddon. Set in dark soil. 75m east-to-west x 40m north-to-south approximately at 1.3m OD. NDH 3.
R. Silvester (NAU) 8 December 1987.

The course of the Roman canal postulated by R. Silvester (NAU) runs east-to-west along the south side of Context 2, underlying Context 3, on north side of line of Fen Causeway as marked by Ordnance Survey.
E. Rose (NAU) 9 December 1987.

31 March 1988.
Context 3 extended eastwards into next field.
70m east-to-west x 37m north-to-south, slightly mounded.

For full details of wares, flint types etc see (S1).

(S2) notes that this is the site of a Roman settlement with adjacent saltern.
See (S2) for more details.

Monument Types

  • LINEAR FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • SITE (Unknown date)
  • CANAL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • LINEAR FEATURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ROAD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SALTERN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRICK (Undated)
  • BRIQUETAGE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • POT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TF5500 A-C,F,P-T; TF5600 A,B.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. NDH 3. FENS.
---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. NDH AB. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.
<S2>Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52. p 109.

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