Finds from Shray Hill by our Field Group

Even with heavy rain making fieldwork somewhat difficult to say the least, a number of significant finds we’re recovered from Shray Hill.

The site has been photographed from the air on a number of occasions in recent years by Shropshire Archaeology. On each occasion a number of crop marks were noted. The crop marks are thought to be the remains of livestock enclosures or simple structures.

Although no official excavations of the site have taken place, both Iron Age and Roman pottery were recovered during the laying of a drainage trench back in the late 1990s.

Roman pottery (predominately Severn Valley ware) dating from the late 1st/2nd century AD was recovered by Graeme Gunnell and Ngaire Plowman. The pottery appears to be from table ware, including a mug rim, bowl body sherds and storage jars, suggesting that at least one of the previously recorded crop marks, was a site of habitation.

Graeme also found what appears to be a small, bronze, votive statue. The statue appears to be of a bird, possibly a chicken. Photo’s of the statue have been emailed to our FLO Peter Reavill.

Two Roman coins were also found, one of which is a rare Republican silver denarius, dating from around 128BC (see photo’s), found by Paula Jervis.