Outsiders and executions? An important new Roman cemetery near Sleaford

Roman burials in Lincolnshire have been a source of immense interest in recent years (see my post on some previous discoveries here) and the trend looks to continue with news of a fascinating burial group excavated by local archaeologists Allen Archaeology in 2012, the report of which I have just seen. Continue reading

Aurelia Concessa – Branston’s virtuous girl

In 1964, an interesting Roman inscription was discovered during ploughing at Branston, four miles southeast of Lincoln. Of ‘ansate’ form (referencing the handle-like decorative elements either side of the inscription), the stone measures 92cm x 50cm and forms a monument for a girl named Aurelia Concessa. Continue reading

Media coverage of the Lincoln Eastern bypass excavations

I posted a little piece a few weeks ago on the discoveries at the ongoing excavations for Lincoln’s new Eastern bypass (read it here). I don’t remember noticing the local media covering it at the time, but it seems they have just caught on, so I thought I’d post links to their online articles here. Continue reading

Some images from the Grantham Southern Relief Road excavations

I uploaded a post a few days ago about the excavations for Grantham’s Southern Relief Road (read that here), but some new images from the excavation have emerged in the Grantham Journal newspaper (see them here), so I thought I’d add them here too. Continue reading

Villas and vineyards? Excavations on the route of Lincoln’s eastern bypass

A new newsletter detailing the progress of excavations along the route of Lincoln’s Eastern Bypass (downloadable here) has revealed that the project is turning up some exciting new evidence of Roman activity in the Washingborough area. Some of it has the potential to turn our understanding of the hinterland of Roman Lincoln on its head. Continue reading

Roman discoveries at Bomber Command site

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. Continue reading