Iron Age and Romano-British Shelton
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The earliest evidence for human occupation in Shelton dates from the Early Iron Age, with a cremation burial found when the site for the new route of the A421 was investigated in the early 21st century. A shallow bit contained a small amount of cremated bone mixed with charcoal rich soil. This bone was determined to be from an adult, and was radiocarbon dated to 770-440BCE. The burial also contained a single fragment of pottery [HER20108]. These excavations also uncovered a later site of probable Late Iron Age settlement to the east of Lower Shelton. Parts of two possible roundhouses were found, together with a number of pits. Two ditches aligned at right angles in the north-eastern part of this excavation have been dated as early Roman, and probably formed field boundaries
A second Iron Age site was found on a site now occupied by 15/16 The Rickyard, Lower Shelton. Three pits were found containing pottery dating from the Middle Iron Age (400BCE to 100BCE) [HER19729].