VIΛNOVΛ

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WATER NEWTON / DUROBRIVAE

The vicus at Durobrivae is among the most recognisable so-called ‘small towns’ in Roman Britain. Lying on Ermine Street, the province’s main north-south road from London to the colony at York, the settlement grew to become one of the largest and most important places in eastern Roman Britain. A major pottery production centre, the vessels produced in Durobrivae’s many kilns were traded widely across the province, benefitting from its position on Ermine Street and above the floodplain of the navigable River Nene

The interior of the walled town was investigated in the 1820s, but since then no archaeological work has taken place within the walls

Water Newton Roman small town
Water Newton small town excavation trench

Evaluation trenches excavated a number of buildings inside Durobrivae in 2019, revealing the possible forum (marketplace), mansio (post-house with accommodation for travelling officials), and a bath-house

This was a collaborative research and training project organised by the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust, Albion Archaeology, The British Museum and Cardiff University. You can find out more about the project here, including the Assessment Report

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