Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Archaeological Find in the U.K.: Elaborate Ancient Roman Villa Found in Man's Backyard

We are fascinated by archaeology, and when we visited England we saw some of the ancient Roman ruins that had been uncovered. Recently an ancient Roman Villa was discovered on someone's property. -

 From BBC News- Archaeological Find in the U.K.: Elaborate Roman Villa Found in Man's Backyard  
An "elaborate" Roman villa has been unearthed by chance by a homeowner laying electric cables in his garden in Wiltshire.It was discovered by rug designer Luke Irwin as he was carrying out some work at his farmhouse so that his children could play table tennis in an old barn. He uncovered an untouched mosaic, and excavations revealed a villa described as "extraordinarily well-preserved." 

Subsequent excavations from the Historic England and Salisbury Museum carried out an eight-day excavation of part of a site in Wiltshire, England on the grounds of a mansion and unearthed coins, jewelry, and pottery — and identified a stone planter that Irwin’s family was using to grow geraniums as once having been a child’s coffin. The excavation's leader told the BBC that the villa was built sometime between the years 175 and 220 AD, and clearly belonged to a high-status family.
Irwin uncovered an untouched mosaic
Historic England said it was "unparalleled in recent years."  Thought to be one of the largest of its kind in the country, the villa was uncovered in Wiltshire during an eight-day dig. It is being compared in terms of its size and its owners' wealth to a similar, famous site at Chedworth in Gloucestershire.

Finds including hundreds of oysters, which were artificially cultivated and carried live from the coast in barrels of salt water, suggest that the villa was owned by a wealthy family.

The dig also turned up "extremely high status pottery", coins, brooches and the bones of animals including a suckling pig and wild animals which had been hunted.
"We've found a whole range of artifacts demonstrating just how luxurious a life that was led by the elite family that would have lived at the villa," said Dr David Roberts, of Historic England. "It's clearly not your run-of-the-mill domestic settlement."

'Not been touched'

Dr Roberts said the villa, built sometime between AD 175 and 220, had "not been touched since its collapse 1,400 years ago", which made it "of enormous importance.Without question, this is a hugely valuable site in terms of research, with incredible potential," he said. "It's one of the best sites I have ever had the chance to work on."
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