Romano-British Settlement Immediately South West of Camel Hill Farm
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Early Iron Age
Somerset County Council
South Somerset District Council
Somerton and Frome
SJ585585 (358463, 125534)
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Romano-British settlement of late 2nd/early 3rd to 4th century AD date, located north of the A303 on Camel Hill. The site was first identified by a geophysical survey. The excavation which followed identified a number of Roman-style buildings and at least one cremation burial. Pottery evidence also revealed an occupation phase in the early Iron Age (possibly 7th to 6th century BC). The Roman remains included the foundations of at least three buildings, the largest of which comprised at least three rooms, and an exterior metalled surface, interpreted as a yard associated with one of the smaller buildings. The cremation burial was uncovered at the eastern end of the of the area explored. The cremated bone had been placed in a pottery vessel sealed by a limestone roofing tile and set within a small pit. The site lies immediately north of the modern A303, which is believed to preserve the line of the Roman road between Andover and Ilchester.
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