Monument record MDR4544 - Saxon Cemetery, Little Chester, Derby

Type and Period (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • World Heritage Site Buffer Zone

Full Description

Excavations in 1971-2 at the Roman fort and settlement at Little Chester showed that a Saxon cemetery was established in the late 6th century outside the walls of the former Little Chester Roman fort. An investigation of the south-east corner and part of the vicus outside the east gate of the fort and the subsequent excavation of 17 burials, revealed female inhumations with brooches, wrist clasps, and a bronze bowl, also male inhumations with shield bosses, a spear-head and drinking-horn mounts. 10th-12th century occupation is suggested by the presence of Stamford ware in a cess-pit and by traces of timber buildings largely destroyed by medieval ploughing. (1-4) Trial trenches located at SK 35483754, a short distance to the north-east of the Saxon cemetery, were excavated to a depth of one metre but no archaeological deposits were encountered. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Article in serial: Cherry, J & Webster, G. 1973. Medieval Archaeology, 17. Volume 17. p 138.
  • <2> Article in serial: East Midlands Committee of Field Archaeologists. 1978. East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin, 1978. No. 12. p 3.
  • <3> Index: Trent and Peak Archaeol Trust 2600.
  • <4> Article in serial: Sparey-Green, C. 2002. 'Excavations on the South-eastern Defences and Extramural Settlement of Little Chester, Derby 1971-2', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Vol. 122. pp 73-121.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Kinsley, G (TPAU). 2004. Archaeological Excavation on a Development at Centurion House, Old Chester Road, Derby.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SK 354 375 (48m by 28m) (Centre)
Civil Parish DERBY, DERBY, DERBYSHIRE

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR1797
  • EDR431

Please contact the HER for details.

External Links (0)

Record last edited

Mar 14 2020 9:38PM

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.