Directly next to the sunken road archaeologists found the remains
of a cobbled yard and path which had remained through at least three
distinct time periods Iron Age, Romano-British and the Celtic Dark
Ages. Hearths and stake holes by the path were interpreted as a
small timber-post late Iron Age round house and both path and house
had been covered by the later Roman deposits confirming this supposition.
An Iron Age 'fire-pit' was also discovered on the site in 1982 and
carbon-dated to 390 BC (+-120 years).
Mysterious Tatton Mere looking towards
A palisade fence was constructed around the cobbled yard and over
a much larger area (about 180.5 X 142.5 ft or 57m X 45m), rectangular
in shape with rounded corners and a simple post defined gateway
by the south east corner. This signifies a break with the traditional
circular Iron Age structures and carbon-dates from this and associated
structures place it in the early Roman period between 80 BC and
40 AD (+-100 years).
Charcoal in the next development layer gave a date of 240 AD (+-100
years) and contained a fragment of a Roman mortarium or grinding
bowl and some of a collection of grain storage pits gave carbon-dates
of 200 AD (+-110 years). A few shards of Roman pottery including
Romano-British 'white ware' came from the layer covering the Iron
Age round house and the boundary of a cultivated Romano/British
field was also identified on the eastern side of the site, just
beyond the round house (but later cobbled over).