Monument record LKH 021 - Undley Common (Roman)

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Roman tiles, bricks, potsherds, oyster shells and "iron debris" were found on the surface after ploughing on Undley Common in 1950. In 1955, a skeleton and a sherd of Samian ware, now in Mildenhall Museum, were found a short distance to the south. An enamelled bronze disc brooch has also been found. It has been conjectured that a villa exists in the vicinity, although there are no surface, cropmark or other physical indications to support this at present. The site is not included in Scott's gazetteer of Roman villas.


Grid reference Centred TL 6996 8062 (81m by 112m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL68SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

(TL 69958064). Roman tiles, bricks, oyster shells, iron debris and many sherds, including Samian, were found after
ploughing on Undley Common in 1950. In 1955 a skeleton with a sherd of Samian ware, which is now in Mildenhall Museum, was discovered (at TL 69978058) to the south of the site which may well represent a substantial building. C S Leaf reported a possible villa at TL 701805, probably part of a complex. (S1,S2)

There are no surface indications of this site. (S3)

Nothing visible on OS or RAF air photographs. (S4)

TL 700 806 Enamelled disc broach of bronze. (S5)

See also Iron Age and Post Medieval Records

Bone or antler pin found whilst metal detecting in January 2001. Highly polished and very smooth. Details in (S7).

Reputed by [the late] John King to be small Rom site, only probably representative of single Rom building, with relatively wide scatter surrounding (including Nursery plantation)(S8).

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <S1b> Map: Mildenhall Musem. 1950. MIHLM, 6 inch record map, 1950 entry. MIHLM, 6 inch record map, 1956.
  • <S1a> Map: Mildenhall Musem. 1956. MIHLM, 6 inch record map, 1956 entry. MIHLM, 6 inch record map, 1950.
  • <Sx2> Personal Correspondence: King, J.. 1988. King J, September 1988. King J, September 1988.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Phillips C W. 1970. The Fenland in Roman Times.
  • <S3> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 BHS 21-JAN-74.
  • <S4a> Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1971. OS, AP, 71/216/148, 1971.
  • <S4b> Photograph: RAF. RAF CPE/UK/1801 4193-4 25 10 46.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: CBA. 1976. Council for British Archaeology Group 7: Bulletin of archaeological discoveries.
  • <S6> Bibliographic reference: Scott, E. 1993. A gazetteer of Roman villas in Britain.
  • <S7> Digital archive: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. Portable Antiquities Database. Harvey, J., per Geake, H., SCCAS. sf601/4812. Jan 2001..
  • <S8> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL68SE4.
  • <S9> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

Finds (6)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 18 2020 11:21AM

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