Monument record M500 - Red Hill Roman Town, Ratcliffe on Soar


TOWN? (Roman)


Grid reference SK 49299 30400 (point)
Map sheet SK43SE
District Rushcliffe
Civil Parish Ratcliffe on Soar, Rushcliffe


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

There is scope for suggesting that Red Hill was a site of considerable importance in the Ro period. Its location on a prominent hill-top site commanding the junction of the Soar with the Trent and overlooking the flood plain to the N, would be suitable either for a trading or temple site and the Soar itself could have marked the W boundary of Coritanian tribal territory at some time in the Ro period. The finds of Samian, metalwork, glass and coins are above average in quality and quantity for this part of the Trent Valley. There are finds from all centuries, but coin evidence would suggest a greater importance in the late Ro period. (1)
Fieldwalker/detectorist information is suggestive of a ribbon development along a north-south road. (2)
No archaeological features visible on surface of field although some Ro pottery was found, particularly towards the S end of the site. However, cliff erosion on the W side of the site about mid-way down the length of the field, revealed layer in section and perhaps building foundations. The farmer is worried about erosion, particularly because of the bungalows at the base of the cliff. (3)
Previous evaluation work had identified deep urban style stratigraphy … This stage has identified industrial practices, field systems and a possible cemetery. The frequency of imported pottery and fine tablewares from a variety of sources indicates a thriving community with extensive trade links. The pottery seems to indicate a C2-C3 date for the site, with coinage continuing into C4. (4)
See M8869 for IA settlement.

<1> Thoroton Society, 1982, TTS, p 31 (Published document). SNT395.

<2> Liddle P, 12/07/1993, Letter (Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester) (Unpublished document). SNT882.

<3> Samuels JR, 1987, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT1232.

<4> Birmingham Archaeology, 2006, Red Hill Marina, Ratcliffe on Soar. An Archaeological Watching Brief, pp 30-32 (Unpublished document). SNT2394.

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  • <1> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1982. TTS. 86. p 31.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Liddle P. 12/07/1993. Letter (Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Samuels JR. 1987. AM107.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Birmingham Archaeology. 2006. Red Hill Marina, Ratcliffe on Soar. An Archaeological Watching Brief. pp 30-32.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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