Monument record 0637701000 - Aylesbury High School, Walton Road


Iron Age and Romano-British features and finds recorded during watching brief

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded


Type and Period (10)

  • BOUNDARY DITCH (Late Iron Age - 100 BC to 42 AD)
  • PIT (Early Iron Age to Middle Iron Age - 700 BC to 101 BC)
  • DITCH? (Early Iron Age to Middle Iron Age - 700 BC to 101 BC)
  • PIT (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FLOOR? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • YARD? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ROBBER TRENCH? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BUILDING? (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PIT (Unknown date)
  • DITCH (Unknown date)


Watching brief carried out by Babtie in September and October 2000, during groundworks for construction of a new music centre at Aylesbury High School, recorded features and finds of early-middle Iron Age to Romano-British date. 2 pits, or a pit and a ditch (features 045 and 048), were dated by pottery finds to the early-middle Iron Age, although the finds might have been residual as the sherds were abraded. A large ditch (feature 023, 028) surviving to a depth of 0.8m and 2.1m wide was interpreted as a late Iron Age boundary ditch and contained finds of pottery and 'Belgic brick', possibly indicating the presence of an oven or kiln in the vicinity. Features thought to date to the Romano-British period comprise 2 pits (features 003 and 031), one of which may have been a clay pit and had Romano-British material only from the latest of its fills; a possible building foundation or robber trench (feature 015); and a rammed limestone floor or yard surface laid on top of a sand levelling layer (features 021 and 022). Undated features included pits and ditches. Pottery finds were indicative of domestic activity, with Iron Age material comprising 30% and Romano-British material 49% of the total assemblage, the Romano-British pottery dating largely from the 2nd century AD. It is suggested that the miscast Romano-British brooch may indicate that metal working was possibly taking place in the vicinity, whilst the hobnails may indicate a military presence nearby. Parts of the site had been heavily disturbed by modern service trenches, long jump pits and tennis courts and by a 19th century brick well (feature 051) (B1).
NGR to approx centre of site.

Sources (1)

  • <1>SBC19765 Unpublished document: Babtie. 2003. Aylesbury High School: Archaeological Watching Brief Report.


Grid reference SP 82588 13260 (point) (Exact)
Civil Parish AYLESBURY, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Finds (12)

  • SHERD (Early Iron Age to Middle Iron Age - 700 BC to 101 BC)
  • SHERD (Late Iron Age - 100 BC to 42 AD)
  • KILN FURNITURE (Late Iron Age - 100 BC to 42 AD)
  • SHERD (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • ROTARY QUERN (Roman - 43 AD? to 409 AD?)
  • BOW BROOCH (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • BROOCH PIN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • HOB NAIL (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • PLANT MACRO REMAINS (Early Iron Age to 5th Century Roman - 700 BC to 409 AD)
  • MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Early Iron Age to 5th Century Roman - 700 BC to 409 AD)
  • AMPHIBIAN REMAINS (Early Iron Age to 5th Century Roman - 700 BC to 409 AD)
  • MAMMAL REMAINS (Unknown date)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • Event - Intervention: Watching brief (Ref: AHS 2000-1) (EBC16110)

Record last edited

Jun 24 2011 3:51PM

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