A Romano-British rural site at Long Lane Playing Fields, Ickenham
Excavations at Long Lane Playing Fields, Ickenham, produced slight evidence for a settlement of late Iron Age date superseded in the late 1st century AD by an extensive multi-phase field system. One of these phases denotes a comprehensive reorganisation of the landscape, with the imposition of a rigidly rectilinear grid of boundary ditches. The latest modification to the field system can be dated to the mid 2nd century, although later activity on the site is indicated by a substantial surface scatter of 3rd and 4th-century pottery.
The importance of this site lies in the contribution it can make in conjunction with similar recently excavated sites to our knowledge of the Roman settlement pattern in Londons hinterland. Whereas it was previously thought that this entire area of north-west London was unsuitable for settlement owing to the presence of London Clay, this site which lies on brickearth demonstrates that localised variations in the drift geology can occur and, therefore, that pockets of Roman occupation can be anticipated.
[Transactions 45 (1994), pp 1 12; published abstract, slightly augmented]
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