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Breaking news

Does Mansfield have another Romano-British high status complex ?

The Sherwood Archaeological Society will be displaying recent finds at the Local History Fair at Mansfield Library on May 8th.
Following a preliminary excavation and magnetometer survey, the indications are that Warsop Parish contains a Romano-British establishment possibly equal in status to the Villa at Woodhouse.
The presence of high-end tableware includes glass, Samian imports, Nene Valley colour-coated wares and significantly, a fragment of flue tile. Not the finds associated with a lowly farmstead of the period. A base of a finely crafted stone well-head was also revealed but footings confirming the original layout are yet to be found.
The finds were in the bottom of an Iron-age boundary ditch at the edge of the site, a typical depositary for romanised occupiers’ domestic rubbish.
An interim report is in preparation and work will continue as and when the farming crops allow. The landowner has entrusted the finds to the Society’s care and they will be conserved at Mansfield Museum.

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Photographs of the first exploritary excavation, 2016.

Initial results of the first magnetometer survey.
The fully excavated well head.

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Our display of some of the finds at the Local History Fair at Mansfield Library 8th May 2016

Pottery from Warsop Westfield

Drawings of a small selection of the more identifiable pottery sherds from phase one of the Westfield Farm excavation 2016.
The initials, indicating the fabric types, are taken from the National Roman Fabric Reference Collection (Tomber and Dore 1988)

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large greyware jug

Greyware cooking
pot with an unusual
rim profile

Derbyshire ware
storage jars


These few sherds demonstrate the diversity of ceramic and glass vessles which were in use at this location.

A spindle -whorl made by
re-using a broken sherd of
Romano-British greyware


Part of a decorated Tegula, a
Romano-British roof tile.The upper surface is soot blackened,
probably from fire after a roof collapse.

A bronze object as yet unidentified.


Part of the base of a Samian bowl
made in Gaul around AD 180.
It shows the stamp with the potters
name - CLEMENS.

Recent excavation showing part of
an oven constructed from clay.
It is not yet known what this may have been used to cook.