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SILBURY ROMAN SETTLEMENT

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A Roman settlement in the vicinity of Silbury Hill. Parchmarks of a Roman settlement consisting of rectilinear enclosures containing buildings are visible to the east of Silbury Hill. Finds of other Roman occupation debris south of this site (see record 220923) indicate that the settlement streched as far as the A4 road (Roman Road RR 53) and extended south beyond it (see record 220767). The settlement appears to have been occupied throughout the Roman period and into the 5th century AD. The substantial nature of the buildings revealed in the Kennet Foul Sewer Pipeline trench suggest that the settlement may be of high status with administrative functions and its location near major prehistoric monuments may indicate a religious focus. It has been suggested that this settlement may also be the site of a Roman villa. The settlement can be seen on aerial photographs aligned north-east/south-west along a central roadway with enclosures containing the remains of a number of buildings. Further evidence for extensive Roman settlement around Silbury Hill has come from geophysical survey, revealing a "ladder style" layout and possible evidence for masonry buildings.

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