Monument details

HER Number:1970/8
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Roman Camp on Fox Covert Lane 650m north-west of Picton Gorse


Cropmark photographed in July 1995 of rectangular enclosure with straight sides and four rounded corners. One of a number of possible practice camps in this area. The presence of a clavicula (a curved rampart protecting the entrance to a roman fort) at one of these enclosures confirms the roman date of this group of sites. Practice camps are thought to have been built by roman troops to train in earthwork construction

Each of the remaining corners has the rounded shape of a typical Roman earthwork camp. The ditch would have been V-shaped and c.3m wide, inside of which there would have been a rampart of earth which has been spread and the ditch infilled by later ploughing. The site is a Scheduled Monument.


Monument Types

  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Enclosure-ditched, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • MILITARY CAMP (Military Site, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TEMPORARY CAMP (Practice Camp, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (?))
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 27597: Roman Camp on Fox Covert Lane 650m North West of Picton Gorse

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