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Double villa was half a fake

Double villa was half a fake
trefwoorden: UK - Wiltshire - romeinse tijd - 4e eeuw - doopkapel
The first Christian baptistry built onto the sumptuous mosaic of the dining room of an opulent 4th century Roman villa has been uncovered by archaeologists under the playing fields of a school in Wiltshire.
The archaeologists have also discovered what appears to be a sham palatial twin villa.
The twin villas, aligned on a hilltop and identical in plan would have been a stunning sight: built with metre thick stone walls, high on hill above Bradford-on-Avon and near a much older Iron Age hill fort.
However while one is a conventionally splendid Romano British villa, with the beautiful dolphin and wine cup mosaic in the dining room, the other is emerging the most bizarre ever uncovered.
"You need a shed load of superlatives for this site, it's gobsmacking," said Mark Corney, of the archaeology department at Bristol University. He has just completed a second summer's excavation on the site, with a team from Bristol and Cardiff University, funded by English Heritage and the Wiltshire county archaeology service.

Lees verder bij: The Guardian (11 augustus 2003)