Since our field walk last September (2013) we have been attempting to identify an assemblage excavated by the society between 1972 and 1974. The assemblage consists of a number of cremation urns including cremated remains and several other smaller pots and jars. We have identified them as mid Roman probably earlier than the third Century AD because of the style of the pots and jars and because after the third Century AD the preferred funerary method was inhumation. In recent weeks we have identified the location of the excavation and the individuals who carried it out. The remains are now with an osteologist for analysis. Once this is completed the pots/urns and remains will be deposited with the Norris Museum in St Ives who have kindly agreed to store them for us. The Norris Museum already has a number of the pots/urns and a small quantity of cremated remains from the excavation and the deposition will see the entire assemblage reunited for the first time since 1974.

Our fieldwalk produced a large quantity of 2nd/3rd Century Roman pottery from what we thought was a previously unknown Roman site near the Abbey, the cremations are from the opposite side of the Abbey just a few hundred metres away. We are now beginning to speculate that the Abbey may in fact be sitting on a roman settlement.

Sawtry History Society Archaeology Group is part of Sawtry History Society.


SHS Archaeology Group Organiser : Marilyn Gautreaux 07596 672588

SHS Archaeology Group Field Officer: Philip Hill 07923 543 627

Sawtry History Society Chairman:  Alan Bottell

Sawtry History Society Secretary: Marilyn Gautreaux


Sawtry History Society meets on the 3rd Thursday of the Month (No meetings in August and December) in WI Hall Sawtry 7.30PM

Anyone interested in joining the Archaeology Group please come along to a meeting. Everyone welcome.