24 Apr 2013
Enfield Archaeological Society (EAS) have been assisting Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) again, this time in their monitoring at the Bush Hill Park Roman settlement.
Contractors for Enfield Council have opened service trenches to the rear of several Council owned properties. One such trench half sectioned a large Roman boundary ditch, whilst a few gardens away, a similar trench revealed about one quarter of a circular feature outlined by a dark deposit, and containing an area of intense burning suggestive of an industrial process.
With the recommendation of English Heritage’s Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service (GLAAS), EAS were invited to investigate this latter feature. On 22nd & 23rd April 2013, Dr. Martin Dearne lead a small team to carry out the work.Careful excavation revealed that the dark organic deposit around the perimeter of the feature was almost certainly all that remained of the vertical timber lining to a Roman well shaft.
Having gone out of use, the well appears to have been back-filled to within about 70cms of the Roman ground surface and a dished hearth installed in the resultant circular hollow, which probably served to keep it out of the wind.
02 Sep 2012
From time to time, with developments in scholarship, the EAS takes the opportunity of lulls in a busy excavation programme to reassess past sites.
Currently, EAS Director of Research, Dr. Martin Dearne and EAS member Roger Dormer are taking another look at the Roman pottery from Landseer Road, at the heart of the Bush hill park Roman settlement. This material was the result of excavations by Les Whitmore and Roger Dormer in 1985.
It currently appears that the pit and ditches encountered in this excavation represent some of the earliest features encountered in the settlement, or even in the road building phases of Ermine Street pre-dating the establishment of the settlement in the first century AD.
Click Here to see a gallery of some of the pottery from the 1985 dig.
19 May 2012
Evaluation trenches and a later watching brief on the site of infill house building at the south end of the known Roman settlement recorded exclusively late first and second century activity, including ditches and possible banks interpreted as forming successive boundaries of the settlement and considerable rubbish dumping followed by abandonment or possible cultivation. One boundary ditch Produced possible evidence of ritual depositions.