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IRCHESTER SETTLEMENT

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Excavations have uncovered a Roman settlement overlying an Iron Age settlement. The Iron Age settlement consisted of enclosures, pottery and coins. The Roman settlement may originally have been a vicus to a fort dating from c.AD 43. There are cropmarks of a possible early Roman fort. Between AD 150 and 200 the settlement was enclosed by a bank and then a wall. Excavations uncovered a 5th century timber building which appears to mark the end of the settlement. A temple was also uncovered. A hoard of some 42000 late 3rd century Antoniniani was found in area VI in 1963.

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