Detailing excavations at Brooklyn House in Norton-on-Derwent, carried out by JB Archaeological Services between 2015 and 2016, this comprehensive site report sheds new light on this area of Roman Britain.
Lying north-west of York, the modern town of Norton is across the river from Malton, and it is believed that, combined, they formed Roman Delgovicia. But with the Roman fort located on the Malton side of the river, many previous excavations have focused on this area, so much less is known about what was happening across the bridge. It is a fairly straight-forward report, but the publication of these excavations helps fill some of the gaps. It had previously been thought that the land around Brooklyn House was probably outside the main areas of Roman occupation, but the excavations proved different, finding evidence for a significant presence here including, in one zone, large quantities of ash and other burnt material, possibly pointing to significant industrial activity having taken place in this area.
Life, Death, and Rubbish Disposal in Roman Norton, North Yorkshire: excavations at Brooklyn House, 2015-2016, Janet Phillips and Pete Wilson, Archaeopress, £48, ISBN 978-1789698381. Review by KK.
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