Lammas Field Roman Villa, 680m North East of Western Bury


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Late Iron Age

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

District Council

North Hertfordshire District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

North East Hertfordshire

Grid Reference

OV273273 (527280, 230782)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.9605, -0.147347

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The buried remains of a Roman villa situated on a south east facing slope in Lammas Field. Although the monument cannot be seen on the ground, its location has been identified from a closely plotted concentration of building and occupation materials recovered from field walking. These include floor and roof tiles, tesserae and pottery. In addition, the large number of coins found in the area, when considered with the sequence of pottery fabrics and styles, have provided a date range for the development of the site from its earliest phases of occupation in the late pre-Roman Iron Age to its abandonment in the second half of the fourth century AD. It is suggested that a late Iron Age settlement on the site gradually evolved from the first century AD, undergoing considerable expansion and alteration, probably from the early years of the second century. The nature of the pre-Roman and first century settlement is not known but is clearly evidenced by the dense scatters of pottery concentrated within the area of the later structure. The combination of pottery and coin sequences indicates that the villa flourished during the second to fourth centuries, and was abandoned no earlier than circa AD 364-378 (the date of the last coins found on the site). Scheduled.

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