Portskewett Hill Roman Site


Portskewett Hill Roman Site is believed to have originated during the Romano-British period, specifically between AD 70 and 410. The site was first discovered in 1923 when walling, along with Roman building debris and other artifacts such as coins from the 4th century AD, were observed on the hill’s summit. Further investigations in 2001 revealed a section of rubble wall and Roman finds in the western and central parts of the site, including fragments of painted wall plaster, a piece of samian ware (a type of Roman pottery), nine bronze coins, and iron slag. Additionally, there was tentative evidence of iron working on the southern slope of the site. Based on these findings, the site is estimated to date from the 2nd to 4th century AD. Scholars have put forth two possibilities for the purpose of the building complex, suggesting that it could have been either a villa or a temple.

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