Possible Roman Camp At Roughbirchworth

 Discovery of possible Iron-Age site in Oxspring

A local archaeology group is continuing to investigate a possible Iron-Age or Romano-British site at Roughbirchworth, Oxspring. We obtained funding for a geophysical survey in late 2020 and this has shown the outlines of ancient circular defensive ditches and other features which may have been Iron-Age houses.

Previously, there has been little evidence of Iron-Age or Romano-British people in this area and it had been thought that any remaining features or structures in these fields would have been ploughed out over the years, but this is not the case.

We would now like to carry out a small excavation of some of these features to discover what remains, involving as many in the community as possible, especially schools and local children. This fits in with the National Curriculum (Key Stage 2) which covers aspects of the Iron Age. Hopefully this will take place in the spring of 2022, once the pandemic is over.

More information can be obtained from the Roughbirchworth Community Excavation Group’s Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/347336656362318