Alverdiscott Camp

Marching or Temporary Camps

A Roman temporary camp near Alverdiscott with no visible remains.  This camp is almost rectangular and all but its south-eastern corner has been plotted. There are apparently four gateways, placed centrally to north and south and offset to the north on the east & west sides, the camp therefore faced north. An irregular triple-ditched enclosure of prehistoric date, now ploughed flat, lies outside the south-west corner of the camp, whose defences impinge upon this earlier earthwork.  The dimensions are about 450 feet from north to south, by 370 feet.

In March 1978 a drainage trench was cut across the SW angle of the camp. Excavation was not possible but sections through the south and west ditches were cleaned and recorded. No trace of an inner bank was observed and from the available evidence it is unclear whether the ditch silted up naturally or was deliberately back-filled when the site was abandoned. Estimates based on the sections suggest that the ditch averaged about 1.3m wide and 0.5m deep.

References for Alverdiscott Camp

  • For further information see Roman Camps in England – The Field Archaeology by the R.C.H.M.E.F

Map References for Alverdiscott Camp

NGRef: SS4925 OSMap: LR180

OS National Grid Reference: SS492254
Dimensions: 394 x 443 ft (120 x 135 m)
Area: 4 acres (1.6 ha)

Roman Roads near Alverdiscott Camp

None identified