Largest Ro­man villa in Eng­land dis­cov­ered in Wilt­shire vil­lage

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.