HIAG Talk: Identity and Power: Wimpole at the time of the Roman Conquest
By: Paddy Lambert (Oxford Archaeology East)
Date and Time : 7:30 pm Monday 14th October
Where: Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon, CB24 9LN
Admission: Non-members £3; members free
During the summer of 2018, Oxford Archaeology East conducted a large excavation on Lamp Hill at Wimpole Hall prior to the construction of the new visitor centre. They uncovered an enigmatic and unusual Late Iron Age to Roman settlement that was an active and complex social entity during the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43. The wealth of evidence recovered, including weaponry, coins and a small handle of the Gaulish deity Cernunnos (see poster) – pointed to a thriving and busy settlement. Paddy Lambert was the archaeology project supervisor and he will share his enthusiasm for all things Roman. He will give a different perspective on what conquest might really have meant to the local people of what we now call Wimpole. How might the local Roman soldiers have been received…..?
The poster illustrates clockwise from top left: the Gaulish deity Cernunnos ; an aerial view of the Lamp Hill site with the 2000 year old boundaries, paths and house post holes visible; glassware; a Roman coin; brooches and fasteners for cloaks.