Ashton - Roman Town

The Roman site at Ashton is very significant, as it has provided a key understanding of the range of local and regional pottery types as well as providing detail about the workings of a small, un-walled Roman town. The site was dug in advance of a road-widening scheme linked with the Oundle by-pass. The Roman town was unplanned and seemed to have developed from late Iron Age origins. First century occupation consisted of circular houses which were later replaced in the Hadrianic period by a series of major workshops which were connected with the fabrication and working of metals. Air photographs show an extensive area of workshops and other buildings set along roadways. The finds from the site were extensive and included all manner of iron objects, which presumably were made for sale within the local region.

On the edge of the Roman settlement a large cemetery was found and excavated. The remains of several hundred individuals were laid out in regular rows within stone lined graves. The bodies were not accompanied by grave goods and the date of the cemetery is considered to be late within the Roman period.

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Ashton - Roman Town

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