Monument details

HER Number:1970/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Roman camp at Upton Heath, beside the water tower N of Long Lane

Summary

Cropmark of an enclosure with straight sides and rounded corners. The south end is 150 metres long, but interrupted by pit. Around 100m of the east side and 60m of west side have been identified. A trial excavation took place in 1987. The enclosure ditch was sectioned by a small trench. A ditch was located 1.1m below subsoil. It was 1.45m deep and 1.6m wide. No dating evidence was recovered and it appears that the ditch silted up almost immediately. The top fill contained a lot of 19th century pottery, glass and clay pipe fragments. The ditch can be seen as shallow surface depression where it crosses the northern hedge boundary. The playing card shape of this ditch suggest a Roman military function. The lack of evidence of occupation and proximity to the fortress at Chester suggest that this is a practice camp built by troops to train in earthwork construction. It is a Scheduled Monument.


Parish:UPTON-BY-CHESTER, CHESTER, CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER

Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Enclosure-ditch & bank, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TEMPORARY CAMP (Practice camp, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (?))
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 25722: Roman Camp At Upton Heath, Beside The Water Tower North Of Long Lane



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