Acton Trussell Roman Villa
Bronze & Iron-Ages
The Roman period late 1st century
The Roman Period 1st and 2nd century
The Roman period 3rd and 4th century
Watching Brief in the churchyard 2010
Excavations in the churchyard 2012
Gallery of Artifacts
Gallery of Site Pictures
Assortment of Artifacts
Pre-Historic stone mace head. 90mm dia' 18mm thick, 12mm hole.
The villa was extended during the late 3rd C, this Imbrex, with no sign of use, was found in a 4th C. rubbish pit
3rd C. Iron key. 60mm long, weight 11.4gr
Roman glass bead. 18mm dia' 8mm hole.
Lead pot mender
Spindle whorl made from Severn Valley Pottery. Centred not drilled, 35mm Dia', weight 9 grams
Spindle whorl made from BB2 pottery, 31mm dia', 6mm hole, weight 7.2 grams.
Spindle whorl made from S/Valley pottery. 50mm x 45mm dia', 7mm hole, weight 16.3 grams.
Spindle whorl made from East Gaulish Samian pottery. broken, 38mm dia', 7mm hole, weight 7.3gr.
Spindle whorl made from BB1 pottery. Broken, 45mm dia', 10mm hole, weight 8.8grams
Spindle whorl made from Severn Valley pottery. 32mm Dia' hole tapers 1mm -5mm 15.5grams
Spindle whorl made from slate. 37mm Dia' 7mm hole 14.4 grams
Spindle whorl made from Severn Valley pottery. 29mm dia' 6mm hole 7.2grams
Stone spindle whorl loom weight. Hole centred not drilled. 38mm dia', weight 31.3gr. Heavy possible used for flax rather than wool.
Spindle whorl made from Severn Valley pottery. 32mm dia', hole tapers from 1mm to 5mm, weight 15.5gr
Broken & unfinished whorl , made from East Gaulish Samian pottery. 50mm dia' weight 5.8gr
Broken whorl made from BB1 pottery. 32mm dia', 6mm hole weight 7.2gr
Unfinished whorl made from Severn Valley pottery. 44mm dia', 10mm hole, weight 8.8gr
Bones from 4th C. rubbish pit
Cow bones from 4th C. rubbish pit
Fish jaw bone from 4th C. rubbish pit.
Iron Hook from 4thC. rubbish pit
Thumb scraper, 45mm x 37mm
Flint knife 80mm x 28mm No reworking
Flint knife Reworked 55mm x 24mm
Flint Thumb scraper Broken 26mm x 13mm
Flint flake Could be used as a knife 42mm x 24mm
Flint arrow head broken 32mm x 14mm
Flint knife 38mm x 18mm
Flint knife 40mm x 12mm
Flint, 28mm x 7mm. possible microlith but length longer than generally accepted.
Flint possible microlith but a little long at 24mm x 4.7mm. reworked
Flint possible microlith but a little long at 27mm x 6mm, reworked
Microlith in Red flint, re-worked 14.5mm x 7mm
Microlith in white flint, 19mm x 4mm, reworked
Microlith 25mm x 8mm reworked
3 sizes of tesserae suggest at least 3 mosaic floors existed, however not necessarily contemporary.
Window glass from 4th C. rubbish pit. Glass found in earlier contexts suggest the 2nd C. villa contained glass windows.
Pin made from twisted bronze wire. Recovered from 3rd C. fill of 2nd C ditch.
Dolphin type Fibula Hinged pin 53mm long, axle lugs suggest spring gear
Unusual Knee Brooch 35mm high, 6 coiled spring gear
Trumpet type Fibula Celtic head design 55mm long
Animal prints on roof tile. These tiles are made from local clay and left on the ground to go leather hard before firing, during this drying period animals have walked over them.
Micaseous slate roof tiles, possibly from Malvern or Ludlow. These appeared to be used only on the wing, whereas the main building used Red pantile.
Late Neolithic pot sherd, finger nail and stabbing decoration.
Late Neolithic pottery with cross hatching decoration.
Neolithic pot sherd with twisted cord decoration.
Rim from a neolithic pot with twisted cord decoration.
Neolithic pot sherd with very faint possible chevron decoration.
Neolithic pottery sherd with stab decoration.
Bronze-Age rim with finger nail decoration.
Bronze-Age pottery with fine, (probably flint rather than finger nail) decoration.
Rim profile of Bronze-Age vessel on previous picture.
Rim from a Bronze-Age vessel
Iron-Age Cooking pot with plain bead rim.
Iron cooking pot with large plain bead rim.
Iron-Age cooking pot with insipid bead rim.
Several sherds from a Iron-Age cooking pot.
1st C. Belgic type pot sherd with carination and lattice decoration.
Sherd of late 1st C. Samian
Samian bowl type Dr37.
3rd C. Samian with applied (Barbotine) ivy leaf decoration, possibly from Dr72 Bowl.
Black colour coated samian copy. Probably Nean Valley
Black colour coated beaker, with white trailed slip, possibly a motto beaker, Trier, East Gaul.
Brown colour coated Nean Valley pottery with white applied (Barbotine) decoration.
BB1 small handled narrow necked jug, recovered from the 2nd C. fill of 1st C. enclosure ditch.
BB! Cooking pot, diagonal lines rather than normal lattice band. late 2nd C.
Stamp of potter Albinus who worked at Verulamian (St Albans) from 60-90AD, found in late Iron-Age gully, backfilled during the late 1st C. see site pics for gully pic.
Late 3rd-4th C. mortarium Mancetter/Hartshill
Mancetter/Hartshill 4th C. mortarium, note repair holes.
Severn Valley white colour coated flagon with handle. Red painted horizontal bands. Next picture possibly from same vessel.
White colour coated Severn Valley pottery with orange painted lines.
Severn Valley bowl with Tri-Section undercut rim. Recovered from 2nd C. fill of 1st C. enclosure ditch.
Small Severn Valley narrow necked bowl with plain flared rim, possible red paint bands. Recovered from bottom fill of 2nd C. ditch filled during the 3rd C.
These slate tiles were concentrated within the absidal wing. suggesting a contrasting roof against the red pantile of the main building.
The pantile roof material of the 2nd C. villa build is on the left, note the improvement in quality, both form and firing, of the late 3rd C. tiles from the villa extension.
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