CPAT Regional Sites & Monuments Record

PRN 119 - Welshpool, Smithfield Burial

NGR :- SJ22890749 (SJ20NW)
Unitary authority :- Powys
Community :- Welshpool
Prefered site type :- Roman - Findspot (Finds only - Destroyed )
first alternative :- Roman - Burial ?

second alternative :- Roman - Round barrow ?

Probable Roman burial deposit found when drain was laid in 1959 and partial excavation by NMW in July 1960. All objects were grave goods which were well worn. No trace of a pit or cist could be detected although there was some evidence of burning: ash and charcoal patches.

The grave goods included three bronze patarae and a bronze ewer which were packed into a bronze cauldron and wrapped in a fine linen cloth and may have been packed in leaves. The sixth vessel was a wooden bucket with bronze bull's head handle similar to that from Aylesford. There was also an iron firedog which dates from AD150-200, two iron stands, the remains of a glass bottle and some sherd of pottery (Boon, G C 1961, 13-31).

Sources:-
Boon, G C , 1961 , "Roman Antiquities at Welshpool ", The Antiquaries Journal 41 , 13-31 .
CPAT visit form , 1978 , ,
CPAT visit form , 1992 , ,
Jones, N W, Silvester, R J & Britnell, W J , 2003 , Montgomery Canal Conservation Management Strategy. Landscape Archaeology Assessment , CPAT Report 550 .
Megaw, J V S, Megaw, M R & Trett, R , 1992 , "An Iron Age head from Chepstow ", The Antiquaries Journal 72 , 68 .
National Museum of Wales , 1968 , Early Iron Age Art in Wales , 26
OS record card , 1974 , SJ20NW 3 , Location map, section
Silvester, R J , 1992 , Montgomeryshire Historic Settlements , CPAT report 40 October 1992 .

Events:-
Excavation Boon, G C / 1960(/ /) -
Visit CPAT / 1978(14/12/1978) -
Visit CPAT / 1992(22/09/1992) - Built over Commercial
Assessment CPAT / 2003(31/08/2003) -
Desktop study CPAT / 2003(31/08/2003) -
HLC CPAT / 2003(31/08/2003) -

Finds:-
1 / Bronze / Cauldron / Roman (2nd C) / /NMW () - portions of spun cauldron containing ewer and 3 patera
1 / Bronze / Escutcheon / Roman (2nd C) / /NMW () - from bucket, Romano-Celtic style, fragment of yew
1 / Bronze / Ewer / Roman (2nd century AD) / /NMW () - with handle
3 / Bronze / Patera / Roman (1st/2nd C) / /NMW () - with fluted handle
1 / Glass / Bottle / Roman (2nd C) / /NMW () - mould-blown
1 / Glass / Jar / Roman (2nd C) / /NMW () - light blue mid1st to 2nd century
1 / Iron / Firedog / Roman ( 2nd C) / /NMW () -
2 / Iron / Stand / Roman (2nd C) / /NMW () - portions of two stands with tripod bases
0 / Pottery / Sherd / Roman (2nd C) / /NMW () - costrel of pink ware and jar of reddish ware
0 / Wood / Bucket / Roman (2nd C) / /NMW () - fragments of staves (yew)

record created 31/12/1980 CM80 - copyright CPAT , last updated 12/08/2004
The above data are supplied by CPAT in partnership with its Local Authorities and the partners of END, CPAT SMR partnership, 2004 (and in part Crown, 2004 - as indicated)



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Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, Curatorial Section, 7a Church Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7DL.
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