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Roman Alcester: Southern Extramural Area. 1964-1966 Excavations. Part 1: Stratigraphy and Structures

Edited by Christine Mahany

CBA Research Report No 96 (1994)

ISBN 1 872414 41 9


Title page of report 96

The 1964-6 excavations at the Roman small town of Alcester, Warwickshire, were directed by Christine Mahany for the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works. The work was concentrated on the southern extramural area at Birch Abbey, where a housing estate was due to be constructed, and there were also two investigations of the town defences (sites K and M) and one excavation (site L) in the northern extramural area.

The results are reported in two parts. Part 1, this volume, describes the background to the excavations, and the stratigraphy and structures found on the sites. It also contains a discussion of the structures in their Roman context, and includes a review of work in the town up to December 1989. Part 2 contains details of the pottery and other finds, and a synthetic discussion of both the finds and the function of the site.


  • Title Pages, (pp i-v)
  • Contents, (p v)
  • List of illustrations, (pp vi-viii)
  • List of tables, (p viii)
  • List of plates, (pp viii-ix)
  • List of microfiche, (p ix)
  • Foreword and acknowedgements, (p x)
  • Summary of Part 1, (p xi)
  • Outline of the contents of Part 2, (p xii)
  • Introduction to Part 1, (p 1)
    • Physical background, by Paul Booth, (pp 1-7)
    • Roman Alcester: the state of knowledge in 1964, by Paul Booth, (pp 8-11)
    • Excavations of 1964-6, by Christine Mahany, (p 11)
    • Recording system, by Christine Mahany, (p 11)
    • Form of the report, by Christine Mahany, (pp 11-12)
  • Description of the excavations, (p 13)
    • Summary of the Birch Abbey area, by Christine Mahany and R S Langley, (pp 13-15)
    • Phase dates, by Frances Lee. Jeremy Evans, and Stephen Cracknell, (pp 15-24)
    • Sites AA and C, by R S Langley with C Wingfield and M S Alabaster, (pp 25-58)
    • Site D, by R S Langley, (pp 60-84)
    • Sites E, F, J, and P, by R S Langley with E Allnut, (pp 85-106)
    • Site H, trench B I extension, and trench B IA, by R S Langley, (pp 107-114)
    • Site G, by E Allnut and Christine Mahany, (pp 115-135)
    • Site K, by R S Langley, (p 136)
    • Site L, by R S Langley, (pp 136-140-)
    • Site M, by R S Langley, (pp 141-143)
  • Birch Abbey burials, by R S Langley, (pp 144-147)
    • Buildings: summary description of types, by Christine Mahany, (pp 148-156)
    • Buildings: discussion, by Paul Booth, (pp 157-163)
    • The excavations in the context of the Roman town, by Paul Booth, (pp 164-175)
    • Bibliography, (pp 176-178)
    • Index, by Lesley Adkins, (pp 179-188)
  • Microfiche

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