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MONUMENT NO. 18280

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The site of a Roman cemetery associated with Halton Chesters Roman fort. Two burial mounds "lie just south of Halton Chesters" (NY 99 68) and were recognized by Charlton and Mitcheson as a result of information from Mr. A. Reed who had noted a similar though larger mound there. That mound is roughly oval, 9 metres by 6.5 metres, surrounded by a ditch and traces of an outer bank. The two smaller burial mounds,2 metres and 1 metre diameter, have vestiges of a ditch but no bank. Charlton and Mitcheson compare these mounds with an extensive group of barrows at Petty Knowes near Rochester (NY 89 NW 8 and 21) excavated in 1978-9 and found to be a Roman cemetery. In their discussion they say that the distinctive Petty Knowes type of burial, a low central mound surrounded by a shallow circular ditch and outer bank, has been detected near few other forts in the frontier zone - the only examples being those at Halton Chesters and two groups near Great Chesters (NY 76 NW 35 and 47).

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