Keys to the Past

Roman tombs at Petty Knowes (Rochester and Byrness)

At Petty Knowes Roman cemetery there are at least three or four stone-built Roman tombs. One is circular in plan and decorated with a carving of an animal head and a pine cone. Three other tombs have square or rectangular bases. They were probably built to take the remains of high ranking Roman soldiers, presumably associated with the nearby fort. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N8092
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1970; D Smith
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1977; S Ainsworth

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness

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