Great Witcombe Roman Villa


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Great Witcombe Roman Villa near Gloucester was one of a few villas in the area during the Roman occupation of Britain. It was a large villa, built around 250CE, with two bathhouses! You can get a sense of its size from the layout of the rooms at the site, and it would have also had an upper level where the family would have spent most of their time. 

Top Story

The remains of Great Witcombe Villa were discovered by farm workers digging up a tree. These days, when a site is excavated by archaeologists, the soil layers are recorded (stratigraphy), but during the first dig of this site in the 19th-century this wasn’t done, and as a consequence, the villa has been difficult to date accurately.


Some of the artefacts found by archaeologists, in addition to mosaics, include coins, pottery, and jewellery. In 1966 another exciting artefact was found – a carved stone decorated with a fish! But this discovery was a fake.


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Curious Discovery

In the 4th-century the villa was improved, including the enlarging of one of the bathhouses. The dining room also changed from the original rectangle shape, to what? Can you find out the shape of the new dining room?

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