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Name:Possible early field system, Swarkestone Quarry, Barrow-upon-Trent
HER No.:16742
Type of Record:Monument
Designation:None recorded


A watching brief in 2007 revealed several undated linear ditches on a low gravel river terrace, interpreted as possibly part of a Late Iron Age or Romano-British field system

Grid Reference:SK 349 277

Monument Types

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • EDR2774 - Watching brief, High Meadow, Barrow-upon-Trent, by Trent & Peak Archaeology, in 2007

Full Description

Stripping of an area of ground in 2007 prior to sand and gravel extraction revealed a low river terrace flanking a wide palaeochannel. The slightly higher area of gravels on this terrace preserved traces of several linear ditches, recorded during a watching brief. Two of these features ran parallel to each other and may represent a possible north-south trackway. A ditched boundary appeared to run towards this at right angles, possibly demarcating a field. The features remain undated, but comparable arrangements of ditches or gullies recorded in earlier phases of excavation at Swarkestone have been dated to the Iron Age and Romano-British periods. (1)

<1> Walker, D (TPA), 2008, Watching Brief at High Meadow, Barrow-upon-Trent, by TPA in 2007 (Unpublished document). SDR20851.

Sources and Further Reading

[1]SDR20851 - Unpublished document: Walker, D (TPA). 2008. Watching Brief at High Meadow, Barrow-upon-Trent, by TPA in 2007.