Index of Specialist Reports

1. Stratigraphic description of selected buildings and structures, by Mike Trevarthen

Building 4
Building 8
Building 9
Aisled Building 12
This report provides a more detailed description of selected buildings from the excavations.


2. Wood charcoal, by Catherine Barnett (neé Chisham)

This report provides evidence for the types of wood being used in selected contexts. Wood from Oven 1470 seems to have been largely mature oak, which was damp when burnt. This may have been selected deliberately to increase the smoke to act as a flavouring.

3. Charred plant remains, by Chris Stevens

Charred plant remains from the site are summarised and discussed within the context of Roman Durnovaria. The possibility of some crops (grain and lentils for example) being imported from the continent is also discussed.

4. Eggshell, by Jane Sidell

Eggshell from selected contexts was examined and found to be of goose and hens.

5. Marine shell, by Sarah F. Wyles

The different marine species represented are summarised and their likely sources are discussed.

6. Fish bone from selected contexts, by Sheila Hamilton-Dyer

This report examines the fish bone evidence from selected contexts. The remains represent allec, a sauce made from small intact fish. This important find is discussed and comparative material summarised.

7. Animal bone, by Jessica M. Grimm

The faunal remains from the site are quantified and discussed by period. Information relating to animal husbandry within the town is discussed together with the evidence for wild species. The distribution of bone across the site and between feature types is discussed.


8. Pottery, by Rachael Seager Smith

The pottery from the excavations is quantified and discussed within the context of Roman Durnovaria. Interesting evidence for lighting (lamps, Tazza and candlesticks) is also presented.

9. The samian pottery, by J.M. Mills and the samian potters’ stamps, by Brenda Dickinson and J.M. Mills

The samian pottery is presented and discussed within its local context. Differences between the areas excavated were noted. An appendix provides details of the decorated samian. A catalogue of the samian potters’ stamps is provided.

10. Mortar and opus signium, by Kayt Brown

A summary of the mortar and opus signium is presented. Details of the opus signium-lined room in Building 8 are provided.

11. Painted plaster, by Kayt Brown

This summary report provides a quantification of the painted plaster, with details of some of the decorative schemes presented.

12 Ceramic Building Material (CBM), by Kayt Brown

A summary of the various types of ceramic building material found on the site is presented.

13. Mosaics Buildings 13 and 6, by Stephen R. Cosh

The mosaics from two of the Buildings are described in detail and a reconstruction of the design of the mosaic from Building 13 is presented. The superb paintings by Stephen Cosh are reproduced.

14. Glass, worked bone, shale and metalwork, by Matt Leivers

Detailed catalogues of the finds are presented together with a discussion of each category of material.

15. A late Roman coin hoard, by Nicholas Cooke

This report presents the evidence for the late Roman coin hoard and discusses it in the context other hoards found in the vicinity. The significance of these finds and the nature of the late Roman activity of the area is also discussed.

16. Human bone, by Jacqueline I. McKinley

A summary of the human remains is presented.

17. Flint, by Matt Leivers

The flint from the excavations is quantified and the assemblage has been characterised.