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IRCHESTER Northamptonshire, England.

A settlement in the middle valley of the Nene, 16 km NE of Northampton, continuously occupied from the Iron Age into the Roman period. In the late 2d c. a pentagonal area of 7 ha was enclosed by an earth rampart, which was later cut back to accommodate a stone wall. There has been little examination of the interior. Air photographs indicate a central N-S street with at least two branches to E and W. Several architectural fragments suggest buildings of some pretension. The most important find was a hoard of bronze vessels, dating from ca. A.D. 400.


D. N. Hall & N. Nickerson, “Excavations at Irchester, 1962-3,” ArchJ 124 (1967) 65ff; J. Knight, “Excavations at the Roman Town of Irchester, 1962-3,” ibid. 100ff; D. Kennett, “The Irchester Bowls,” Journ. Northampton Museum & Art Gallery 4 (1968) 5ff.


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