Excavations during 1930 and 1931 revealed a number of interesting features at Heronbridge. A large industrial complex built alongside the main road contained several furnaces, their exact function being unknown, but dating between c100-160AD. Among the more notable of the finds was a red sandstone altar found in 1931 amongst 2nd C. Roman debris at Red House Croft, Heronbridge (RIB 574 infra), now in the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.
RIB574 - Altar dedicated to the Mother Goddesses Ollototae
DVS ET AE
Various coins were also found on site, ranging from a denarius of Titus (80AD) to an as of Constans or Constantius (c.330-360AD). The site was therefore occupied from the Flavian period in the last quarter of the first century, until the first incursions of the Saxons, Scots and Picts were repulsed by Count Theodosius in 367AD, perhaps even longer.
The remains of some 19 human skeletons were found during the excavations. Animal remains included; small ox, small sheep, domestic pig, fowl, red deer and common English oyster. Other items included fragments of coarse Caistor ware, decorated and plain Samian ware, amphorae, Wroxeter-made mortaria, several pieces of glass, including window-glass and fragments of bottles and flagons. Several metal items were also present, but there was no evidence of metalworking on site.
RIB510 - Fragmentary funerary inscription
[...] V V STI
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RIB525 - Funerary inscription for Decimus Capienius Urbicus
H F C
References for Heronbridge
- The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965);