Poulton Research Project


Notice of AGM 2021

Our AGM is being held on 18th February

Sifting through some of our finds over the dark, damp winter days reminded us of what a unique site we have. Poulton goes back over  millennia and to demonstrate that we would like to show you some of the artefacts which span something in the order of six thousand years !

Hand AxeIf you have been to Poulton you wont be surprised but you will be intrigued.  If you haven’t visited us, studied or trained here then you may well be astonished by the quality and variety of the finds we have excavated.Hand Axe II

First up is a polished Neolithic hand Axe which dates back to approximately 4000 – 3000 years B.C. The photo’s  show two sides of the same axe. It has been made from a piece of Siltstone.




Moving on through 3 or 4 millennia we reach the Roman period. Pictured below is a piece of Samian ware which has a stamp on it, probably denoting the maker of the decorated bowl from which this piece came.

Samian Ware with Stamp

The next item would have been used to light your way to bed. It is a Roman Oil Lamp from the 2nd century. Although the top of the neck is broken the hole into which the wick was inserted is still clearly visible. The lamp is small and circular in shape and fits very neatly between the thumb and index finger.

Roman Oil Lamp IIRoman Oil Lamp







If you follow us on facebook and wondered what it was that was shown there, well here’s the answer ………………….. it’s a Roman Gaming Counter. It’s about the size of a ” Tiddlywink” for those old enough to remember them ! It is smooth, flat on the bottom and the top is convex. Perhaps a Legionaire won a fortune with it or , more likely, lost his wages !

Gaming counter on edge










Roman Gaming Counter








Let us now move into the early 1300’s when the nobility would of had Pendants or Trappings fastened to the bridles/harnesses of their horses.  We have such a trapping which has an enamel inlay of a butterfly or moth.It is made of Brass/Bronze and was gilded, the remnants of which can be seen, particularly on the right side. If you can zoom in on it you will note the two eyes at the top with the antenna protruding left and right along the top edge. Research has shown that this motif probably indicated the household of the Madocks of Gresford who are descended from Madoc ap Llewelyn ap Gruffordd of the Royal Family of Gwynedd.He died in 1331 and his tomb is in Gresford Church.Horse TrappingHorse Trapping II