An Exciting Set Of Finds By The Field Archaeology Group
July 29th, 2021 in NewsletterAn Exciting Set Of Finds By The Field Archaeology Group A new site (there I will refer to it as site 3) near Newport is yielding some very fascinating finds as will be seen from the following e-mails from Julian. They have been sent by him to keep those involved with the metal detecting and field walking informed. The content of the e-mails has been adjusted in order to remove any identification of site 3 and because of the importance it has to local, and national, history. (Bryan Lloyd) 12-08-2013 – I’m emailing with the news of a second (site 3), previously unrecorded Roman site to be discovered by our group. The field in question can only be accessed by driving through a farmyard and down a dirt track, this maybe why the site has lain undisturbed until now. The field is on high ground with great views of the surrounding area. A considerable amount of Roman pottery was found along a strip of ground, some 30 metres wide. This was adjacent the hedgerow near the track-way. Interestingly, outside of the 30 metre strip of land the pottery finds reduce considerably, in fact very few finds were recovered the further away our detectorists and field-walkers walked. The pottery that has been found appears to be the local version of Severn Valley Ware, with a number of pot and jug fragments being recovered. The finds were spread evenly throughout the area adjacent to the hedgerow. Two possible fragments of Samian Ware were found by Ngaire Plowman, one a rim shard and the other a sizeable base fragment. A Roman silver denarius of Domitian was found by Terry Hayward in the same area as the pottery. The coin has been dated 90-91 AD and appears to have been minted in Rome. I have attached images of the coin sent to me by Terry for all to see.