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Site Name: Excavation (2008-9), Cambria Farm, Taunton
Civil Parish: Ruishton
PRN 28221Possible Roman building, Cambria Farm, Stoke St Mary
Grid Ref: ST 2592 2461 (ST 22 SE)
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Image: Image of HER 28214 - Excavation of Roundhouse. Photo by Context One Archaeological Services (March 2009)
  HER 28214 - Excavation of Roundhouse. Photo by Context One Archaeological Services (March 2009)

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It is unlikely that there is anything to see unless this event took place on a site (see link above) where there may be details of access. Otherwise please assume that the site is on private land. [Information last updated on 19 February 2009]


Following the 2007 evaluation east of Cambria Farm (PRN 28213), an open area excavation was undertaken by Context One Archaeological Services Ltd. Full report awaited. {1}

The excavation uncovered evidence of activity on the site spanning the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Early medieval, Post-Medieval and Modern periods. However, the main focus of activity occurred in the later Prehistoric and Roman periods. The excavation uncovered the remains of a prehistoric settlement that contained at least five large roundhouses, measuring up to 17m in diameter, and three possible rectilinear post-built structures. These ranged in date from the Late Bronze Age to the Late Iron Age and were associated with a number of pits, gullies, postholes and an extensive spread of burnt stone.

A substantial Romano-British field system was also recorded and although there were no structural remains associated with this period, the large quantities of Romano-British finds indicate that occupation was occurring on or very near to the Site. A small Romano-British inhumation cemetery containing 30 burials was also uncovered on the site. This cemetery was probably established in the 2nd Century AD or later and at least two of the burials could be demonstrated to post-date c.330 AD. Three possible cremation burials, all undated, were also recorded. {2}


1 Verbal communication - Membery, SR (Steven). Somerset County Council, Heritage Service (01/11/2008). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
2 Description - Mason, C. Ruishton, Cambria Farm Park and Ride. In Payne, N and Webster, C. Somerset Archaeology 2009. Somerset Archaeology and Natural History  153 (2009) at 205
3 Museum accession number - TTNCM 158/2008 in Somerset County Museum. [Excavation archive].
4 Museum accession number - TTNCM 58/2010 in Somerset County Museum. [Iron spearheads].

Record created on 19 February 2009

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