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ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG IN RADWINTER

Excavations by Oxford Archaeology East at East View Close, Radwinter, have uncovered the remnants of a relatively wealth Roman farmstead. The works are being undertaken prior to the construction of residential properties by Enterprise Urban.

The excavation at Radwinter has revealed small paddock enclosures, a possible aisled barn and a number of burials and cremations. The features all indicate a wealth farmstead, or perhaps even a villa, was located within close proximity to the site. Large quantities of high status pottery have been recovered from the features, such as a Samian dish and Nene Valley colour-coated wares. Numerous metal artefacts have also been recovered, such as copper hair pins, brooches and a number of coins. A single worked animal bone gaming piece has also been recovered from one of the cremations.

Pupils from Radwinter Primary School recently spent a day visiting and were shown around the site by David Crawford-White of Oxford Archaeology. Excavations are due to finish at the end of May, with a report being produced by the end of the year.

An open day at which anyone in the local community interested in seeing the archaeological site is welcome will be held on Friday, 22 May, between 10am and 3pm.

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