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

Scheduled Roman camp, one of an important group on Upton Heath (see 1970/2-8). The southern side and part of the west and east sides of a rectangular enclosure were originally identified cropmarks on air photographs taken in 1986. The enclosure had straight sides and rounded corners. Further photographs taken in 1989 revealed its north-east corner. A trial excavation took place in 1987 when the enclosure ditch was sectioned by a small trench. It was located 1.1m below subsoil, was 1.45m deep and 1.6m wide. No dating evidence was recovered and it appears that the ditch silted up almost immediately, indicating brevity of use. The ditch can be seen as shallow surface depression where it crosses the northern hedge boundary. The site was also surveyed at 1:1250 by the RCHME in 1989/90 as part of their Roman Camps in England project. They dismissed it as a Roman temporary camp and instead suggested an interpretation as a medieval heathland enclosure used for stock management.


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

Monument Types

  • MILITARY CAMP (Practice Camp, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • TEMPORARY CAMP (Practice camp, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (?))
  • STOCK ENCLOSURE? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (?))
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1014374: Roman Camp At Upton Heath, Beside The Water Tower North Of Long Lane; Scheduled Monument 25722: Legacy Number

Related records

1970/3Related to: Roman Camp 300m W of Upton Grange Farm (Monument)
1970/4Related to: Roman camp at Upton, 350m NE of the water tower N of Long Lane (Monument)
1970/2Related to: Roman camp at Upton, 400m E of the water tower N of Long Lane (Monument)
1970/8Related to: Roman Camp on Fox Covert Lane 650m north-west of Picton Gorse (Monument)



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