An Assemblage of Arthropod Remains from a Roman Occupation Site at St. Albans

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IN the course of an excavation of a Roman occupation site at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1955, a ditch was discovered which had been partly filled in, during the first century A.D., with a large quantity of organic material. Among this mass, bracken, grass, moss, leaves, twigs, seeds, etc., could still be recognized, and at one point it reached a depth of 7 ft. At least one wooden building had been erected on top of this; but when it had fallen into disuse the site had been levelled off by dumping clay and earth on it to a depth of about one foot. Afterwards a succession of substantial stone houses had been built, between the first and fourth centuries A.D., forming a succession of strata about 8 feet thick, which sealed this ditch-filling in an undisturbed state until the present time.

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BRADLEY, P. An Assemblage of Arthropod Remains from a Roman Occupation Site at St. Albans. Nature 181, 435–436 (1958) doi:10.1038/181435a0

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