Churchill

3685

Excavations to the northwest of Churchill produced evidence of Romano-British settlement. The remains of an enclosure, burials, associated boundary ditches and a large pit which may have been a quarry were all excavated within the footprint of the pipeline easement. 
 
The enclosure was Romano-British in date and appeared to be recut several times, possibly, with the enclosure expanding eastwards throughout the Roman-British period. A relatively large assemblage of pottery suggested the enclosure was used as a settlement, although few internal features were present within the excavation area. 

3687 A burial of Romano-British date was found within the second phase of the enclosure. The burial was facedown which may represent post-depositional slumping of the burial or deliberate placement as a ‘deviant’ burial.  The burial could be dated as Roman as hobnails from shoes or boots were recovered from the grave. A second possible burial was also present although only a small quantity of bone survived and was not in situ. Both burials will undergo further analysis. Other features included ditches on similar alignments which probably represent land divisions. A large depression still visible within the landscape was partially within the excavation area and although it was unclear what the function of the feature was it may have been a quarry.