1978-Farnsfield Camp

Roman Marching Camp

Blidworh Lane, Fansfield

Jim Turner and Catherine  Swarbrick

1961 - Combs Farm

Type - Iron Age/Romano-British

Location - Farnsfield. SK631552

Project Leader - Brian Simmonds

 

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The results of aerial photography by Dr. Derek Riley prompted an investigation 1 mile S.W. of Farnsfield.

 

Three trenches were dug across the visible cropmarks and a very typical Roman defensive ditch was sectioned. In the infill 4 romano-British coarse-ware pottery sherds were found plus one base sherd thought to be of iron-age date.

There was much conjecture as to the time lapse of the back-filling as some of the exposed surfaces showed signs of weathering. It is also unclear whether the pottery sherds were residual or contemporary;

possibly quite an important point. 

 

The report and all the photographs and drawings are filed in Mansfield

Museum.

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The Derek Riley photo showing the cropmarks.

The unmistakeable profile of a Roman military ditch