The earlier Roman deposits

Some apparently burnt surfaces are presentSome apparently burnt surfaces are present Also preserved on the site are a series of earlier deposits relating to the construction, destruction and rebuilding of structures on the site during the Roman period. Some apparently burnt surfaces are present, which may be linked to the great fires known to have afflicted Roman London on at least two occasions.
 
At least 2 phases of earlier timber and clay buildings with mortar or clay floors have been identifiedAt least 2 phases of earlier timber and clay buildings with mortar or clay floors have been identified At least 2 phases of earlier timber and clay buildings with mortar or clay floors have been identified. Finds of iron and copper alloy slag, hammer scale and large dumps of charcoal suggest these buildings had an industrial function, probably smithing (image: industrial hearth). At least one of these structures was destroyed by fire.
 
Other recent finds include painted wall plaster,a series of ovens, and some narrow rooms of an early Roman building.