Type: Villa, Temple Or Shrine, Settlement
|Trackway: NNW (9) to Denton (Lincolnshire)
Trackway: SE (8) to Great Casterton
Trackway: NNW (18) to Stavnton
The Thistleton area has shown evidence of Romano-British occupation in the form of coins, pottery, brooches and scatters of tile and other building material. Excavations on the site has also revealed traces of houses, wells, kilns, ovens, hearths and burials. It is possible that the site represents a small market settlement on the border between the Catuvellauni and the Coritani tribes. This is supported by the fact that the site also boasts a large temple precinct within which were a succession of temple buildings dating from the late pre-Roman Iron-Age to the late-4th or early-5th centuries.
The temple precinct or temenos is delineated by a ditch enclosing a large area, at the centre of which was constructed a succession of temple buildings.
The basilican temple fell into disrepair sometime in the early-4th century and was later converted into domestic use with two additional cross-walls in the knave, this occupation lasting until sometime in the late-4th or early-5th centuries.
The trackway to the south-east joined up with Ermine Street after about four miles, and the fort and town at Creat Casterton were a further four miles along this major road. There are substantial Roman buildings to the north at Stainby (SK9222), near the iron-mines at Woolsthorpe (SK9224), and others to the east at Castle Bytham (SK9918) and Clipsham (SK9815), close to other iron-workings at Black Piece (SK9815), the three former sites being in Lincolnshire. There are also pottery-kilns nearby at Market Overton (SK8816), and near the junction with Ermine Street at Greetham (SK9314).