An early Roman fort and urban development on Londinium's eastern hill: excavations at Plantation Place, City of London, 1997–2003

Excavations at Plantation Place, City of London, 1997-2003

Lesley Dunwoodie, Chiz Harward and Ken Pitt


This publication details the discovery and excavation in 1997–2003 at Plantation Place of a previously unknown Roman fort, on the edge of the early town. Built c AD 63 as a direct response to the sacking of Londinium by queen of the Iceni, Boudica, in AD 60/61, the formidable earthwork and timber fort secured the area against further attack and created a base for reconstruction of the devastated town. A large collection of military artefacts included plate armour, fittings and part of a cavalry helmet. The fort was cleared c AD 85, making way for civilian domestic and commercial buildings.  A hoard of 43 gold coins from AD 173–4 was found in a masonry townhouse, part of the redevelopment of the area after the Hadrianic fire of c AD 125.  The history of the fort and its surrounding area, before and after the fort, are detailed here.

MOLA Monograph Series 65

MOLA 2015. ISBN 978-1-907586-32-3. Hb. 263 pp + CD-ROM. 180 bl/wh and col ills


'... this volume does a terrific job, giving life to the locality, and to the site and its use over its long life.'  Becky Wallower in London Archaeologist 2017