Lagoon’s ancient secrets uncovered
IRON age and Roman remains have been discovered by archaeologists working on the site of a new lagoon next to Rutland Water. The team from Northamptonshire Archaeology had been carrying out a study for Anglian Water on a 30 hectare site at Egleton known as lagoon B.
It is one of three lagoons being created for wildlife as part of the £115m project that will enable Anglian Water to extract 25 per cent more water from the reservoir to supply homes in Peterborough, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.
The team had been on-site for several months digging by hand but their findings will not delay the project.
Archaeologist Andy Mudd [appropriate!] said: “We have found two separate sites – one is an Iron Age enclosure about 300BC that was probably for animals. There didn’t seem to be any domestic dwelling, just one round house outside.
“It was quite a big enclosure, about 70 metres by 70 metres. We are still wondering why it had to be so big.
“Another is the foundation of a circular Roman building, about 3rd Century AD. The building itself is about 10 metres in diameter, which is quite big, and the foundation is made of stone.”
From that site the team have also recovered Roman pottery, nails, some animal bones, some coins and metalwork.
Mr Mudd said: “It is of county significance but not of national significance. You tend to find a bit of Iron Age in modern agricultural landscape but it is slightly unusual because it is a big enclosure. And the Roman one was very well preserved.”
Steve Swan, programme manager for the Rutland Water Creation said: “Lagoon B is the first one we are building and the archaeological work has not caused any delay. We have been able to work around it. ”
Archaeological convener for Rutland Local History and Records Society, Kate Don, said there are more sites of archaeological interest across the county.
She added: “There are two other Roman farmsteads found near Empingham [and villa] and a large Anglo Saxon cemetery at Sykes Lane. These were found during construction of the reservoir. And there is another Iron Age and Roman Site at Whitwell.”