Dragonby (Money Field) Settlement

Iron Age Settlement and Minor Settlement

‘Money Field’ Iron Age/Romano British settlement site, Dragonby, excavated 1927-28, 1963 -1973.

The main occupation probably began around 100 B.C. with an Iron B pottery assemblage. The sequence continued, apparently without abrupt break, into an Iron C assemblage very closely related to the ‘Aylesford—Swarling Culture’ of the Thames estuary region. More marked modification early in the first century A.D., most clearly defined by the introduction of Gallo-Belgic pottery, resulted in cultural similarities with Camulodunum. The occupation continued throughout the Roman period. The site was then characterized by an irregular system of metalled roads flanked by ditches, and plots of land defined by ditches and fences. Within these plots stood individual rectangular buildings of timber and stone, together with ovens, wells, pottery kilns, and other structures of an industrial or agricultural nature.

Excavations in 1970

… excavation of site I continues to uncover timber buildings, metalled yards, ovens and gullies. Unstratified finds include two similar bronze statues of Mars, one in Classical style, the other in a more ‘native’ rendering.” (Britannia, 1971)

The statuettes are now held in the Scunthorpe Museum. Thealby Roman iron mine (SE9018) lies only a couple of miles to the north of the settlement, and the Humber crossing at Winteringham lay only about three miles to the north-east.

References for Dragonby

  • Britannia ii (1971) p.257.

Map References for Dragonby

NGRef: SE905138 OSMap: LR112

Roman Roads near Dragonby

None identified

Sites near Dragonby (Money Field) Settlement