24 Nov New Publication: Worcester Magistrates Court
Headland have added another monograph to our publication roster! ‘Worcester Magistrates Court: Excavation of Romano-British homes and industry at Castle Street’ details the results of archaeological excavations on the periphery of the Roman ‘small town’ at Worcester which 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, one of the few possible examples of Romano-British smithies investigated in a ‘small town’. 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.
The book’s author, Andy Boucher, is our Head of Commercial Operations; he has been working as a commercial archaeologist since 1986. This volume presents the results of his team’s work at the Magistrates Court which includes a very detailed and well-illustrated pottery analysis, and places the site in the context of an increasing archaeological understanding of Roman Worcester.
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