Monument record MYO2025 - Roman Camp 2 Huntington South Moor

Summary

Part of a Roman camp on Huntington South Moor. The site was not identified until 2002, but RAF photographs taken in the early 1950s show the full extent of the camp prior to the construction of the sports stadium which now overlies the eastern part of the camp. The photographs depict the site as playing card shaped, with the low bank and outer ditch forming a round cornered rectangle. The camp's long axis runs north east to south west. The surviving remains include the western corner of the camp, which is the best preserved section, though further earthworks are still traceable on the ground. The site has been interpreted as either a practice camp, constructed for training purposes, or a temporary camp, occupied during the construction of the fortress of Eboracum in the early 70s AD. There are two other known Roman Camps on the periphery of York, at Bootham Stray approximately 3km to the west of Monks Cross (RCHMY1, 47). These camps are fairly closely spaced and of broadly similar size and morphology. Seven or eight. Camps in the York area were noted by Francis Drake in an annotation on p.37 of his own copy of .Eboracum. (1736). It may be that the known Monks Cross and Bootham Stray camps form some of those to which Drake referred.

Location

Grid reference Centred SE 62134 54712 (168m by 167m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Civil Parish Huntington, City of York, North Yorkshire
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

Map

Type and Period (1)

Full Description

NMR Information:

Aerial reconnaissance on 13-MAR-2002 identified the partial earthwork remains of a Roman temporary camp. One curved right-angled corner and approximately 50m of each of the north-east and south-east sides is visible. The site lies 300m to the north east of another Roman camp (SE 65 SW 385) and is on the same alignment. This may be one of the eight Roman camps to the north of York alluded to by antiquarian writers, two others have previously been identified at Bootham Stray (SE 55 SE 19 and 66).

SE 62095469. Part of a Roman camp on Huntington South Moor. The site was not identified until 2002, but RAF photographs taken in the early 1950s show the full extent of the camp prior to the construction of the sports stadium which now overlies the eastern part of the camp. The photographs depict the site as playing card shaped, with the low bank and outer ditch forming a round cornered rectangle. The camp's long axis runs north east to south west. The surviving remains include the western corner of the camp, which is the best preserved section, though further earthworks are still traceable on the ground. The site has been interpreted as either a practice camp, constructed for training purposes, or a temporary camp, occupied during the construction of the fortress of Eboracum in the early 70s AD. Scheduled. (2)

The partial earthwork remains of the probable Roman camp described by the previous authorities were seen centred at SE 6206 5469 and mapped from aerial photographs taken on 27-MAR-2002 during English Heritage aerial reconnaissance. The estimated centre of the camp would have been at SE 6212 5470.
Only the western corner and parts of the NW and SW sides could be seen. (3)

1 Oblique aerial photograph reference number NMR SE 6254/1 (17595/6) 13-MAR-2002
2 Scheduled Monument Notification 11-Aug-03
3 Oblique aerial photograph reference number NMR SE 6254/12 (17689/10) 27-MAR-2002

Related Event: (UID: 1409289) English Heritage Aerial Reconnaissance (North). April 2001-March 2002.


York Archaeological Trust, 2015, Community Stadium, Huntington Moor Excavation (Unpublished document). SYO1752.

2015, Huntington Moor (Unpublished document). SYO1753.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: York Archaeological Trust. 2015. Community Stadium, Huntington Moor Excavation.
  • --- Unpublished document: 2015. Huntington Moor.

Protected Status/Designation

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Record last edited

Jan 26 2021 1:24PM

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