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Monument Number 54984

Hob Uid: 54984
Location :
North Yorkshire
Selby
Tadcaster
Grid Ref : SE4590042200
Summary : Rudgate Dyke - ? Early 7thc defensive dyke utilising Roman road
More information : A trench was cut through the line of Rudgate (RR 280)
in Toulston Park - SE 459422 by H. Ramm in 1962 (see section
plans). No trace of the agger was seen but two ditches were
revealed, the easternmost of which, 4ft x 2 1/2ft deep, contained
sherds of 2nd century pottery in its filling. The other ditch,
16ft to the west, on the line of the road but east of it centre,
was larger and rock-cut, 10ft wide and 4 1/2 - 5 ft. deep. The
silting lines in the ditch filling implied a bank on the west
side.

The ditch may be part of a defensive work, facing east, which
had utilised the agger of the road as its bank.(1). Ramm later
referred to this defensive feature as 'Rudgate Dyke', across one
of the Roman roads (RR 729) running west from Tadcaster. He
suggested that it could be related to the north-facing South Dyke
(LIN 75) and probably represented the forward defences of the
early 7th century boundary of Elmet. (2). A further section cut
by L. Taylor at SE 45944223 in 1966 was inconclusive but
consistent with that dug in 1962. (1). (1-2)

No surveyable traces - in crops. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : York Historian 1 1976 - "Roman roads west of Tadcaster" 8 9 (H G Ramm)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : W Yorks Arch Survey Vol 1 1981 173-4
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Source Number : 2a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wetherby & Dist Hist Soc Excavs Report (unpub) held at RCHM York
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ISS 21-AUG-85
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 700
Monument Start Date : 600
Monument Type : Dyke (Defence)
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Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 44 SE 29
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1009681
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, TOULSTON PARK
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1962-01-01
End Date : 1962-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 44 SE 29
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1985-08-21
End Date : 1985-08-21