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Third to fourth century Romano-British occupation site, South Road, Bourne



Reference Name MLI85424

Name:
Third to fourth century Romano-British occupation site, South Road, Bourne

Summary:
Third to fourth century Romano-British occupation site, South Road, Bourne

Location:
BOURNE, SOUTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
PRN 36484
An archaeological excavation was carried out on a 24m by 21m area, located at the frontage of South Road, Bourne. The excavation identified settlement remains dating to between the third and fourth century. The second century Romano-British ditches (PRN 36484) were recut in the later second or third centuries, suggesting the boundary was regularly renewed, but the eastern ditch was reduced to half its original width. With the reduction in size of the boundary ditch came a subdivision of the land. East to west aligned gullies were dug at intervals of approximately 8m, at right angles to the eastern boundary ditch. Remains of a building, Structure 1, probably contemporary with the new land division, were recorded east of the perimeter ditches. A group of rubbish pits, ranging in date from the mid to late third century were excavated to the rear of this building. Two human burials were located to the north and west of the building. By the late third century the Romano-British land subdivisions were abandoned and the land reverted back to a single parcel of land. The land became waterlogged for a short period of time. Once the ground became firmer a wooden structure was constructed over the area previously used for rubbish dumping. Fence lines were also erected, and a yard surface at the southern end of the site served to consolidate the ground. After the fourth century the land appears to have been unused for a considerable length of time, with no evidence for use of the site until the thirteenth to fourteenth centuries (PRN 36485) {1} {2}
Roman activity on the eastern side of the site ranged in date from the second century to the third and fourth centuries and was seen during trial trenching at TF 09505 19662. It comprised a period of pit digging for clay extraction followed later by settlement, a broadly similar sequence of activity as has been found on adjacent sites. {3}{4}

Sources:
1 Excavation archive: Lindsey Archaeological Services. April 1999. Land Off South Fields, South Road, Bourne; Archaeological Evaluation, Excavation and Watching Brief. BSS97
2 Intervention Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. April 1999. Land off South Fields, South Road, Bourne; Archaeological Evaluation, Excavation and Watching Brief. LCNCC 60.97
3 Excavation archive: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 2008. Wherry's Lane Factory Site, South Road, Bourne: Archaeological Evaluation. LCNCC 2008.30
4 Intervention Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. 2008. Wherry's Lane Factory Site, South Road, Bourne: Archaeological Evaluation. WLFY08

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The following reports are available from the ADS digital library.
2 Intervention Report: Lindsey Archaeological Services. April 1999. Land off South Fields, South Road, Bourne; Archaeological Evaluation, Excavation and Watching Brief. LCNCC 60.97

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