This synthetic report presents the results of the large-scale excavations carried out during 1993–4 at the Roman settlement at Scole, in advance of construction of the A140/A143 bypasses.
Scole is located on the border between the present-day counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, at the point where the main road from Camulodunum to Venta Icenorum crossed the River Waveney. As well as describing settlement morphology and development over an extensive area, it includes a number of specialist studies of exceptional importance — notably those dealing with a large body of waterlogged Roman structural timber, with the character and context of metalworking within the settlement, and with the environmental sequence recorded in a palaeochannel of the river. Other highlights include an account of a possible maltings complex, and a critical study of the formation of ‘dark earth’ deposits which draws upon the evidence of artefact distributions and soil chemistry.
(Produced in association with NPS Archaeology and Norfolk Historic Environment Service).
Edited by Trevor Ashwin and Andrew Tester
Part 1 270pp with Part 2 on CD, 258 illustrations; £25