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H 290 x W 205 mm

114 pages

38 figures, 23 tables (black and white throughout)

Published Oct 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803272276

Digital: 9781803272283

DOI 10.32028/9781803272276

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Roman; Chester; Settlement; Enclosures; Pottery; Altars; Buildings

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Excavation at Saighton Army Camp, Huntington, Chester

By Philip N. Wood, David G. Griffiths

Edited by Peter Carrington, Leigh Dodd, Sue Stallibrass

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Excavations carried out by Northern Archaeological Associates (NAA) at Saighton Camp – a former British Army training camp – located to the south of the Roman legionary fortress of Chester (Deva Victrix) revealed important and extensive Roman period remains.



Chapter 1: Introduction ;
Summary ;
Archaeological background: Roman Chester, Cheshire and beyond – P.N. Wood ;

Chapter 2: Results of the Excavations ;
Introduction ;
Field system – P.N. Wood and C. Pole ;
Excavated settlement – P.N. Wood ;

Chapter 3: Finds and Environmental Remains ;
Building materials – C. Antink and D.G. Griffiths ;
Hand-made pottery – C.G. Cumberpatch ;
The Romano-British pottery – D.G. Griffiths, with contributions by L. Dodd ;
The small finds ;
Metalworking debris – L.F. Gardiner ;
Glass bead – E.M. Foulds ;
Antler knife handle – E.M. Foulds ;
Roman coin – R.J. Brickstock ;
Querns – R.J. Cruse (lithology by T Morse) ;
Animal bone – A. Trentacoste, A. Zochowski and E. Wright ;
Palaeobotanical and charcoal assessment L.F. Gardiner ;

Chapter 4: Discussion – P.N. Wood ;
The excavated evidence ;
Chronology ;
Site functions, economy and place in the fortress’ hinterland ;
Roman field system and landscape continuity ;
Excavated structures ;
Religious observance on the settlement ;
Conclusions ;



'Clearly written and illustrated throughout, this book is worthwhile exploring for anyone interested in the Roman history of Chester.' – Andrew Tibbs (2023): Current Archaeology Issue 396