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DERVENTIO VICUS

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The site of the vicus of Derventio Roman Fort, and a possible Small Town. The earliest feature found was a large pit, probably dating to circa 130-150 AD, containing charcoal, daub, ash, pottery, and a 'dolphin' brooch. A road of hard-packed gravel bounded by kerbstones was found to run east-west across the site. It may be part of a minor road joining Ryknield Street or perhaps a continuation of Stukeley's 'gravel'd road'. A thin gravelled surface was present over the remainder of the site. The road and pit are probably earlier than the first Antonine phase of the fort defences, suggesting early growth of an organised vicus, although the large area of open gravel may suggest a military parade ground.

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