“Unparalleled” Roman villa found in Wiltshire
April 26, 2016 7 Comments
A fascinating story, that really fires my imagination. Just not something that happens here, is it? Did a trench across your yard and find your house is built atop a mansion built by the Romans.
In February of 2015, rug designer Luke Irwin was converting a small barn on his southwest Wiltshire property into a ping-pong room for his very lucky children. Not wanting to mar the beautiful landscape with an overhead cable strung from the farmhouse to the bar, Irwin insisted electricians lay the cables for the future game room underground. When they dug the trench, they came across a flat, hard layer 18 inches under the surface. It was a red, white and blue mosaic in a geometric woven pattern known as guilloche.
They identified the mosaic as a top quality Roman work of the kind you’d see only in the most expensive, important villas in Roman Britain. […]
The farmhouse stands on a slab of Purbeck marble that is likely of Roman origin.
Quite a bit more detail at the source link.
Fascinating stuff, isn’t it? It’s also rather amazing what they can learn from just a little detritus from a site like this. That’s one of the wonders of shows like Time Team, that show how the process works. The only people that were probably a bit miffed were the kids who got a delay in their ping pong room, and the electricians, who ran into a site condition, that I’ll bet they hadn’t made allowances for, likely was hard on their schedule, and profit as well.