Record Details

NHER Number:24216
Type of record:Monument
Name:Roman settlement and saltern northeast of Hill Farm


Fragments of Roman pottery, bricks and animal bones were found during fieldwalking, suggesting that this is the site of a Roman settlement, one of a number of similar sites identified along the course of the Fen Causeway Roman road (NHER 2796). Briquetage has also been recovered from the site, suggesting that salt production was taking place on the site during the Roman period.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 5472 9993
Map Sheet:TL59NW

Full description

9 December 1987. Fenland fieldwalking, good conditions, weathered soil, young cereal.
Concentration of sparse Roman pottery, brick fragments moderate to abundant, odd fragment of shell and bone set in dark soil matrix (red-brown from brick, rather than grey-black). On north side of canal or roddon (see NHER 2796). May have been truncated by former dyke on east side. About 43m north to south x 42m east to west at 1.3m OD. NDH 4.
R. Silvester (NAU) 9 December 1987.

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

(S2) records this as the site of a Roman settlement dating form the 2nd to 4th centuries AD, one of a number of settlements recorded alongside the course of the Fen Causeway Roman road (NHER 2796). (S2) also records the presence of briquetage on the site, suggesting that salt-making was taking place on the site.
See (S2) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 2 August 2006

Monument Types

  • SALTERN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Finds

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

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---*Fieldwork: Fenland Survey. NDH 4. FENS.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Silvester, R. J. 1991. The Fenland Project, Number 4: The Wissey Embayment and the Fen Causeway, Norfolk. East Anglian Archaeology. No 52.
<S1>Archive: Fenland Folders.

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