On Friday (22nd February), the Trust finished our excavation on the site of the new school building in the former garrison. This building will form part of the
St John’s Green Primary School at St John’s Green.
The site is within the Roman cemetery area of the former garrison and it included two burial plots, and the extraordinary bustum or pyre burial which we reported a couple of weeks ago. The site also included a very large Roman quarry-pit for sand dating to the 3rd or 4th century; sand was used in building. The pit had been filled with loads of oyster shells, which suggests the location of a settlement such as a farmstead very close by, as people had dug the pit to get sand for building and then dumped shells in it after eating the oysters, during the 3rd or 4th century. The burials pre-dated the quarry-pit and the settlement.
The images show the site under excavation, the pit with oyster shells, and a Roman burial being excavated by Nigel.