Monument record IPS 421 - Roman Villa, Castle Hill, Ipswich.

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Summary

Time Team evaluation at Castle Hill.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 1476 4663 (72m by 29m)
Map sheet TM14NW
Civil Parish IPSWICH, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

2003: Time team evaluation, that aimed to establish the position of the villa as recorded by by Basil Brown within the present landscape, to establish its full extent, including the presence or absence of wings and to evaluate the present condition of the remains. The work included re-evaluation of exising plans, geophysical survey and 12 trial trenches. The evaluation produced no evidence for side wings to the villa, so providing support for browns contention that it was costructed as a single range. However attempts to fix his excavation plan to the present landscape were unsuccessful. The evaluation also confirmed Browns conclusion that the villa had been heavily robbed for building stone in the past. A number of heavily robbed wall trenches were identified on the eastern side of the villa, in one case associated with a layer of burning possibly representing a collapsed wattle and daub wall, while the evaluation trenches of the south of the villa produced a low density of Roman artefacts. The work also provided evidence of the current condion of the site, revealing that most of the stratigraphy on the site has been removed by the earlier excavations and that only isolated patches of undisturbed deposit remain. Most of the west end of the villa has been totally excavated, although unexcavated features do exist at the base of the site (S1, S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Wessex Archaeology. 2003. Time Team at Castle Hill, archaeological evaluation and an assessment of the results.
  • <S2> Projected and video material: Channel Four Television.. 2003. Time Team - Castle Hill Ipswich..
  • <S3> Unpublished document: GSB Prospection. 2003. Geophysical Survey Report. Castle Hill, Ipswich.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (5)

Related Events/Activities (3)

Record last edited

Jan 14 2020 10:40AM

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