Recent Fieldwork - Warblington 2010

In September 2010 Chichester and District Archaeology Society (CDAS) conducted a two week excavation on the site of the Warblington Roman villa. The excavation was directed by Jonathan Dicks a member of the society.

We found:

  • Substantial foundation walls of the villa, up to a metre thick. These confirmed the location of the villa, and its winged corridor configuration.
  • The range of rooms on the back of the villa were also confirmed, but there was no evidence of the purpose of these rooms.
  • A hypocaust floor made of upturned tegulae, similar to one of the later floors at Fishbourne Roman Palace.
  • All the floors had been ploughed away. There was no possibility of any mosaics. However, the plough soil contained an enormous number of tesserae made from Roman ceramic building Material – we collected over 100 in the course of the excavation.
  • The dating evidence indicated a date of late third century AD to mid fourth century AD for the occupation of the villa.

This excavation, like others in later years was generously supported by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Sustainable Development Fund.

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