Scole Roman Settlement excavation report

During the early 1990s, one of the largest excavation projects seen in Norfolk and Suffolk was undertaken at Scole, on the boundary between the two counties. Here, a major Roman-period settlement or 'Small Town' had existed where the main Roman road from the Norwich area to Colchester crossed the River Waveney. Excavation was needed because the line of a new bypass alignment for the A140 crossed an area of archaeological importance to the west of the present village.

Many of the findings were remarkable. The fact that the site was so low-lying meant that much waterlogged wood survived. One of the most important collections of preserved Roman timber from Britain was recorded. As well as a series of beautifully made timber well-linings, we also found pieces of furniture, two perfectly-preserved maple bowl blanks and a series of Roman roof rafters that had been re-used in the lining of a well or reservoir. Another important find was a possible Roman brewery complex on the south margin of the Waveney. This might have included a mill, well and maltings complex all on one site.

After very many years' hard work by a team of specialists, the final report has now published in the East Anglian Archaeology monograph series. Trevor is one of the two principal authors, along with Andrew Tester of Suffolk County Council archaeological service, but this has been very much a team effort. In particular, we would like to thank Jenny Glazebrook, Managing Editor of East Anglian Archaeology, for constant help and advice.

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