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Record details

BCC record ID:0637400000
Type of record:Monument
Summary:Roman cremation, accompanied by eight ceramic vessels, two glass vessels, a lamp and an adze hammer
Grid Reference:SP 85502 07961
Parish:

WENDOVER, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • CASKET BURIAL (2nd Century - 100 AD to 199 AD)
  • CREMATION (2nd Century - 100 AD to 199 AD)

Associated finds

  • ADZE (1) (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BOWL (1st Century Roman to 2nd Century - 43 AD to 199 AD)
  • CONTAINER (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • LAMP (1) (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • STRAINER (1) (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?No
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?Unclassified

Full description

Discovered in late August 2000 during a metal detecting rally, a Roman cremation burial was excavated in early September by Archaeological Services and Consultancy Ltd for the County Arcaheological Service. The burial had been interred in a pit 0.7m square and buried 0.4m into sub-soil. Traces of organic deposits and iron nails at the base of the pit suggest that the remains were placed in a wooden box. The two handled flagon that contained the remains was badly damaged and crushed, and was illegally removed before excavation. However, remaining in situ were the following; iron head of a adze hammer; a lead lamp; a iron strip; seven nails and fifteen other iron fragments; 16 glass fragments of natural blue-green and 80 fragments of a colourless glass vessel; 3 red-ware (samian) dishes: a triangular rim platter; bones from one chicken placed in three of the ceramic vessels. The pottery dates to AD135-155 (B1-2).
After filming for TV feature, Martin Parker located fragments of a bronze wine strainer close to the burial site, The strainer was later restored and loaned to Buckinghamshire County Museum by the finder (B5).

Sources and further reading

<1>Unpublished document: Archaeological Services & Consultancy Ltd. 2000. Archaeological Recording at Wellwick Farm, Wendover.
<2>Unpublished document: Archaeological Services & Consultancy Ltd. 2002. A Romano-British Cremation Burial from Wellwick Farm, Wendover.
<3>Article in serial: M N Parker. 2000. 'The Finding of a Roman Burial Urn', in Treasure Hunting magazine, November 2000, pp18-19. Nov 2000.
<4>Article in serial: M N Parker. 2000. 'The Finding of a Roman Burial Urn: Part Two', in Treasure Hunting magazine, December 2000, pp21-23. December 2000.
<5>Article in serial: Martin Parker. 2002. 'A Roman Wine Strainer', in Treasure Hunting magazine, September 2002, pp66-69. Sept 2002.

Associated excavations and fieldwork

  • EBC16276: Rescue recording of Romano-British cremation burial at Wellwick Farm, Wendover (Ref: WFW00 231)

Related monuments: none

Images

Romano British cremation at wellwick farm, Wendover  © Buckinghamshire County CouncilRomano British cremation at Wellwick Farm, Wendover  © Buckinghamshire County CouncilRomano British cremation at Wellwick Farm, Wendover  © Buckinghamshire County CouncilRomano British cremation, Wellwick Farm, Wendover  © Buckinghamshire County Council