February 25, 2020
The Roman town of Irchester, Northamptonshire
A talk by Ian Meadows
Archaeological Project Manager, Chesters Farm Project
Thursday 19th March 2020, 7.30pm
All Welcome, doors open at 7.00pm
Lecture Theatre 2, George Davies Centre, University of Leicester (on the corner of Lancaster Road and University Road, LE1 7HA)
Ian Meadows will talk about the excavations at the ‘small’ Roman town of Irchester where over the last decade fieldwork has explored the defences, a shrine, and a large part of the suburbs, including burial grounds. The work has had a strong emphasis on volunteers and involvement of amateurs on site and several have gone on to work professionally in archaeology. Irchester was once interpreted as a summer camp for the Romans. What we now know is it was a thriving hub tied into the larger imperial infrastructure and road network, and it may owe its origins, at least in part, to the fact this location was a good river crossing point. We have recovered evidence for pottery production, leather working and metal smithing in the suburbs.