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Monday, April 18, 2016
Roman villa unearthed 'by chance' in Wiltshire garden
Luke Irwin was laying electric cables at his farmhouse when he came across an untouched Roman mosaic
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".
Historic England said it was "unparalleled in recent years".