In the summer of 2000 archaeological excavations on the periphery of the Roman ‘small town’ at Worcester revealed extensive evidence for timber-framed buildings, probably representing the lower status homes of some of the settlement’s inhabitants. Major changes during the later Roman period led to much of the site being levelled and a series of gravel and cobbled surfaces being laid out. Several new structures were then built in this area, including a substantial post-built rectangular building, together defining a courtyard associated with a number of hearths, thought to be part of a smithy complex. It may even have formed one element of a wider ‘light industrial’ zone of the settlement, with evidence for pottery production and other metalworking in the vicinity. This volume presents the results of this work, setting it in the context of increasing archaeological investigation of Roman Worcester, which together is transforming our understanding of the settlement.
Andy Boucher is the Director of Commercial Operations at Headland Archaeology and has been working in commercial archaeology since 1986. He has overseen the excavation of a number of prehistoric sites, provided advice on historic buildings, developed projects to record large-scale industrial landscapes and undertaken excavations on deeply stratified sites of Roman, Saxon and medieval date.
‘The report represents an important new “piece” in the jigsaw of Roman Worcester, adding to a number of recent publications on excavations in the “northern suburbs” of the settlement’. Jane Evans, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service