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Romano-British Land Management


Archaeological Evaluation of land to the north of Weston-Super-Mare revealed evidence for land management in the Romano-British period. A sample taken from the fill of a gully was processed for the recovery of molluscs revealing the presence of only open country species (no aquatic snails) indicating that the ditch was open during a dry period. A single wheat grain of Triticum sp. may indicate crop production in the vicinity during the Romano-British period.

Later alluvial clay build-up suggests intermittent flooding and re-drying of land surfaces until the post-medieval period when extensive reclamation work drained the Marsh.

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By Tracey Smith


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