The preparations for my excavations (co-directed with Susan Walker, Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum) at Steane later this summer are in full swing. The site came to our attention after a bronze head of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was found there in the 1970s, but little else is known so far about the site, and in particular, we’d like to understand why the head was buried there.
Today, Adam Sutton came over to look at the pottery excavated during the small evaluation that took place at Easter. As suspected the pottery we have so far is mostly late Roman and mostly storage jars. The lack of high status pottery is quite strange as there are strong hints of there being something special about the site. Hopefully, more pieces of the puzzle will fall into place when we return to the site at the end of August!
The finds including the head and some of the pottery are on display for the summer in the Rome gallery at the Ashmolean Museum.