Monument record TUG 004 - Near Goldings Farm, Great Thurlow, (Rom)

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Three Romano British pits were found when draining a field at Great Thurlow. The finds of 1st century date and later consisted of pottery, bones and shell with organic matter along with a chalk figurine of mercury and a coin.


Grid reference Centred TL 675 504 (101m by 100m)
Map sheet TL65SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

1891: Rubbish pits. Found in draining a field in 1891; first pit near the top of the slope was 6 feet deep, two similar noted a little lower down the hill.
Finds include samian, pottery (Claudio-Neronian), bronze brooch, strigil, coin of Claudius Gothicus, chalk figurine of Mercury.

1991: Items examined in Cambridge University Museum by Brian Charge: figurine `white clay not chalk', very stylised, head missing, holding curved knife in one hand, bag in other. Pottery includes C2/C3 coarseware, C3/C4 colour coated, Samian stamped base `OF.ALBI' and forms D18, 29, 30 & 37. Also iron nails.
Few sherds noted on surface, no concentrations.

A small channel which ran down the hillside close by called `Castle Ditch'. Probably relates to Rom scatter to North - TUL 003.

The traditional site of the RO finds was known to the farm manager of the Thurlow Estate but no further finds are known to have come from the area. The site lies on an east facing gravel slope now under plough. A few random sherds of RB pottery were found on the surface, but no concentration was seen that would indicate either the site of a building or the existence of the pits.


See also Saxon record

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <S1> Personal Correspondence: Charge B B. 1978. Letter to SAU (Carr R D), July 1978. Charge B, letter to SAU (Carr R D), July 1978.
  • <S2> Personal Correspondence: Charge B B. 1991. November 1991. Charge B, November 1991.
  • <S3> News Paper: 1891. East Essex & Halstead Times, January 1891. East Essex & Halstead Times, January 1891.
  • <S4> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL65SE7.
  • <S5> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 PAS 01-FEB-78.
  • <S5> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. FDC 17-Jan-78.
  • <S6> Article in serial: Hughes, T. M.. General index to vols 9-24 (1895-1922); 26-62 (1923-69). Hughes T M, PCAS 7, 1891, 252, 307.
  • <S7> Bibliographic reference: 1911. Victoria County History, Suffolk (VCH). 318-319.
  • <S8> Bibliographic reference: Fox C. 1923. The Archaeology of the Cambridge Region.
  • <S9> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

Finds (10)

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May 24 2022 10:29PM

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