Ballista bolts, brooches and pots: early Roman military activity at Lincoln

In a post last month, I wrote about the fascinating discovery of a pair of important new late Roman burials on the hillside just east of Roman Lincoln’s lower enclosure. In that post I briefly mentioned some of the early Roman evidence uncovered during that excavation and said I’d come back to it later. Well, folks, that time is now! Continue reading

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The possible Roman vineyard at North Thoresby

The possibility of the discovery of Roman vine cultivation at the Eastern Bypass excavations, combined with a brief conversation on twitter with Dr Eleanor Scott and Dr Caitlin Green, made me think it was worth taking a quick look here at the other suggested evidence of a vineyard in Lincolnshire, at North Thoresby. Continue reading

Lincoln’s Eastern Bypass excavations in British Archaeology magazine

The important ongoing excavations at Washingborough as part of the construction of Lincoln’s new Eastern Bypass are featured in the latest issue (September/October 2017) of the Council for British Archaeology’s ‘British Archaeology’ magazine. Continue reading

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

New funding for late Roman pottery studies in Northeast Lincolnshire

The Roman Research Trust has announced that it has awarded a grant to Dr Steven Willis of the University of Kent to support research into late Roman pottery excavated in Northeast Lincolnshire. You can read a press release on it here, where Dr Willis explains the significance of the pottery for understanding the late Roman economy in the area, traditionally thought to have been greatly affected by seaborne raiding. He believes that the ceramic evidence will demonstrate that, on the contrary, something of an economic boom can be demonstrated. The results of the work will be extremely interesting for our wider understanding of the processes affecting daily life at the end of the Roman period. Continue reading

An unusual ceramic mould from Lincoln’s forum colonnade

The discovery of the eastern colonnade of Lincoln’s forum in 1878 still ranks as one of the most important archaeological finds in the city’s history. When George Allis began digging the foundations of a new house on Bailgate in late April 1878, he could little have suspected that he would soon be discovering the base of a large, sandstone Roman column, or that further work would eventually lead to an entire colonnade of 19 such columns, subsequently to be understood as the eastern edge of the town’s forum. This dramatic discovery is worthy of a blog post in itself at some point in the future (I use a photograph of it as the header image for this blog), but here I want to focus on just one rather unusual object discovered during the excavations – a ceramic mould depicting a side-on female portrait. Continue reading