Site 28

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Site 28 (NGR 453930, 333650), lay 1.2 km from Site 7 and on slightly higher ground. Here the earliest occupation dated to the later Iron Age, just prior to the Roman Conquest. Two phases of activity were identified. Although no domestic structures were found within the 1st century AD enclosure, the finds show that there was settlement here or nearby until the late 2nd century. This settlement was notable for the diverse range of pottery used on the site; access to these goods was probably due to the site’s position on an established communication route through the Trent Valley.
 

2758 Stones in the grain drying oven

The large enclosure was abandoned during the 3rd century and replaced with a less regular enclosure and a crop-processing building that contained the fragmentary remains of a grain drying oven. In contrast to the earlier phase, the pottery from the later enclosure phase was of typically rural character. This change and the ultimate decline of the settlement in the 4th century may have been associated with increasing Romanisation of the area, including villas at Glebe Farm and Lockington. 
 

2756 Inhumation burial

Both phases of activity produced pottery and animal bone and assemblages of charred plant remains, and each included an inhumation burial. Radiocarbon analysis indicates that the earliest burial was carried out between 10 BC–130 AD at 95% probability while the other was probably late 2nd century or 3rd century AD (140–330 AD at 95% probability).