Irby, Wirral: Excavations on a Late Prehistoric, Romano-British and Medieval site 1987-96

By Robert A Philpott and Mark H Adams. 270 pp. Liverpool: National Museums Liverpool 2010.  ISBN 9781902700410

A chance find of Roman pottery in a garden at Irby, Wirral, in the 1940s led in 1987 to the discovery of an important and long-lived settlement site by archaeologists from National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (now National Museums Liverpool). Excavating from 1987 to 1996 in a series of suburban gardens, they found evidence for a long sequence of occupation from the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British, early medieval and later medieval periods. This report presents the evidence of the structures, artefacts and plant remains from this long-lived settlement. Key discoveries include regionally important buildings from the middle Bronze Age and from the Viking period, as well as extensive Roman and late medieval occupation, which contributes significantly to our understanding of settlement and economy in Wirral and the wider region during these periods.
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