Largest Roman villa in England discovered in Wiltshire village
Builders laying cables in a back garden in a Wiltshire village stumbled across the remains of what is thought to be the largest Roman villa discovered to date in ngland.
Workman initially discovered part of a mosaic and so the owner contacted the iltshire rchaeology ervice, istoric ngland and the alisbury useum to notify them of the find, little e pecting the discovery that was to come.
perts investigating the area realised it was the site of an enormous Roman villa, with more than rooms on the ground floor alone and believed to have been three storeys high.
Built between 175 and 220 AD, it was thought to be occupied for more than 200 years, with evidence of re-modelling dating from the mid-fourth century. tems found on the site include under floor heating pipes and oyster shells, suggesting that the wealthy inhabitants en oyed a comfortable lifestyle.
r avid Roberts of istoric ngland said This site has not been touched since its collapse 1,400 years ago and, as such, is of enormous importance. Without question, this is a hugely valuable site in terms of research, with incredible potential.”
Excavating the Roman Villa