Roman settlement NW of Cotton Hall
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Suffolk County Council
St Edmundsbury Borough Council
OV707707 (570660, 245613)
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A scatter of Roman finds found on the surface of a ploughed field between 1978 and 1980 near Cotton Hall have been suggested to represent the location of a possible Roman villa of late 2nd to late 4th/early 5th century date. Finds include large quantities of tile, some flint blocks and stone fragments, 13 bronze coins dating from the 3rd and 4th centuries, plus sherds of Roman pottery. Examination of a drainage trench which bisected the site revealed a line of flint rubble, partly consolidated with mortar. Air photographs taken in 1978 show no cropmarks of buildings, though there is the "suggestion" of a rectangular enclosure and/or field system. A single Mesolithic or Neolithic blade core has also been found on the site. See also TL 74 NW 10 for Roman finds possibly derived from this site.
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