The Roman Roadside Settlement at Westhawk Farm, Ashford, Kent: Excavations 1998-9

The Roman Roadside Settlement at Westhawk Farm, Ashford, Kent: Excavations 1998-9

Hardback Oxford Archaeology Monograph

By (author) Paul Booth, By (author) Anne-Marie Bingham, By (author) Steve Lawrence

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  • Publisher: Oxford Archaeology
  • Format: Hardback | 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 295mm x 28mm | 1,905g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0904220486
  • ISBN 13: 9780904220483
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)

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Westhawk Farm is the site of a large Roman settlement established at an important road junction shortly after the Roman conquest, discovered and partly excavated in advance of housing development. The settlement contained contrasting groups of carefully laid out plots and unplanned areas. Excavated timber buildings included circular and rectilinear structures and a polygonal shrine. The main concerns of the inhabitants were apparently agriculture and market services. Iron production was important, but probably only of local significance, although the settlement may have had a role in the administration the iron industry. Activity at the site had declined greatly by the mid 3rd century; a striking pattern reflected elsewhere in the region but still of uncertain significance.

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by Paul Booth, Anne-Marie Bingham and Steve Lawrence