Monument record WSW 002 - West Stow Country Park (Rom)

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Multi-period site, including Roman kiln and pottery manufacturing, some excavated by Basil Brown in 1940s, also Roman artefacts found across the site.


Grid reference Centred TL 7969 7133 (239m by 99m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL77SE


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Multi-period site, Mesolithic to Medieval.
Five pottery kilns, kiln waste pits, ditches, potters hut. Distinctive "West Stow" ware with stamped ornament; copies of Samian forms; flagons, etc. Date range AD 80 - 150 (S1).
Some excavations by Basil Brown 1941 and 1947 (S2).
An amount of Rom and late Rom material including coins, pottery, finger rings, bracelets, brooches, spoons, pins, toilet implements, a stylus, a bronze balance beam and a miniature axe occurred in Sax contexts despite no evidence of late Rom presence on the site. They would appear to be associated with the Sax occupation (S3).
Other Rom finds of the late C1 and C2 are to be discussed in a forthcoming volume of the West Stow report (S3).
1985: Roman dupondius of Late 1st to 2nd century found at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village site. Dated no later than circa 138 AD. (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s)
See also Mes, Neo, BA, IA. Sax and Med.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • --- Article in serial: West, S.. 1990. West Stow, Suffolk: The Prehistoric and Romano-British Occupations.
  • <S1> Article in serial: West, S.E.. 1952. Roman pottery kilns on West Stow Heath, PSIA, 26,.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive: volumes, card index 455-457, map 39, 41.
  • <M2> (No record type): Photographs: AXC 115, BKG 3 4, BJV 1-16, BZN 4-19, BZO 14-18, 24-37,.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, (1941 & 1947 excavations), VIII 142-144 ; XXVI 1-13 17 ; XXXVIII 122 ; LXXXIX 45 ; XCI 49 5.
  • <S3> (No record type): West S, West Stow The Anglo-Saxon Village, EAA, 24, 1985, IX, 60, 76-84, 122, 167, 182, 183.
  • <M3> (No record type): CRR 20-22.

Finds (17)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Nov 7 2019 3:40PM

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