Lincolnshire archaeologists Allen Archaeology have been excavating at the site of the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln for the last couple of years, and have been adding to our understanding of Roman occupation to the south of the Colonia, on a prominent location on the top of the ridge overlooking the town. That this location would have been a prime site is clear to see, but before the excavations we had little knowledge of what once existed there apart from scatters of Roman building material, pottery and small finds discovered during fieldwalking nearby, hinting at a farming community dating to the third century.
The main discoveries of Allen Archaeology’s excavations have included two ‘corn drying’ ovens (structures now generally thought to have perhaps been used in beer making rather than for drying corn), and a cemetery of 12 individuals. The burials are interesting, as they included two individuals buried head to toe in the same grave, and another double burial with the burials one on top of the other, the lower individual being decapitated. Finally, three pottery kilns have been discovered, with lots of greyware wasters. Current interpretations are than the kilns were for small scale production, perhaps providing basic vessels for the local community rather than being traded further afield.