On Sunday 26th January a crowd of about 35 (plus a couple of dogs) braved the rain and storm to explore the Romans in Horningsea accompanied by three archeologists.
Bags of Roman finds from a 2012 dig in the village were on display and a number of people brought along their own finds for identification. There were pieces of pottery, glass bottles, bronze age spears and axe heads (5000 years old!), a Roman dice and coin, musket balls, an early 19th century clay pipe and the star of the show – a Roman flagon.
We learnt that the Romans in Horningsea would have been farmers, the pots were fired in the many kilns in the village, some pots were used to transport grain all over England via Car Dyke. Other pots would have been used by the famers in their daily lives.
One of our archeologists has written a book about the distribution of Horningsea Ware (shortly to be published – watch this space for details!). If there is sufficient interest they are keen to lead a field walk in the summer to see what can be found in one of the fields that is next to the Potters Field.
During the Australia Day celebration a Horningsea 800 story was told of Joshua Moore and the eight Horningsea families who emigrated to Australia in the early 19th Century – spreading the name and reputation of Horningsea “down under” where Joshua Moore made a great success of his life.