London area, post-medieval slopped redware with green glaze fuming pot, late 16th century
Corn-driers in use and under construction, reconstruction by Jake Lunt

On the Boundaries of Occupation

Excavations at Burringham Road, Scunthorpe and Baldwin Avenue, Bottesford, North Lincolnshire, PCA Monograph 9

By Peter Boyer, Jennifer Proctor & Robin Taylor-Wilson

PCA Monograph No.9 The southern suburbs of the modern industrial town of Scunthorpe perhaps seem an unlikely location for an important archaeological record stretching back into prehistory. Nevertheless this is precisely what was revealed by two archaeological investigations at Burringham Road and Baldwin Avenue, Bottesford, in an area that was, until the mid 19th century, a rural landscape with a scatter of villages overlooking the River Trent and its tributary, Bottesford Beck.

That humans were active in this area in prehistory is demonstrated by flint tools at both sites. By the Late Iron Age, the Burringham Road site probably lay at the southern limit of a settlement, while for much of the Roman occupation it was utilised for various purposes, mostly agriculture-related and including several ‘corn-driers’, these indicative of the crucial activity of grain processing. The Roman evidence raises the intriguing possibility that a settlement of that period - possibly a ‘villa’ - lay close by. It was in the Middle Saxon period that a settlement lay close to the Baldwin Avenue site, this situated close to Bottesford Beck. Amongst artefacts recovered there are the remains of three large Saxon lead vessels, probably dumped as scrap metal for later retrieval, which have provided a wonderful opportunity for an unusual and fascinating body of archaeological ‘post-excavation’ analysis.

Publication Details

Paperback: 130 pages
Publish Date: 2009
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-9542938-8-8
ISBN-10: 0-9542938-8-6
Dimensions: 29.8 x 21 x 0.9 cm
Price: £14.95
Available form Oxbow Books or direct from PCA

To order one of our publications directly form us use our Order Form (PDF) stating your title(s) and quantity you wish to purchase. Postage & Packing is £3 per publication. Cheques should be made payable to Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd. (UK only).

Please contact us first if you wish to make a bulk or wholesale purchase on 0207 639 9091

Send the completed form with your payment to:

Michelle Copeland
Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd
Unit 54
Brockley Cross Business Centre
96 Endwell Road
London SE4 2PD