The previously unknown Roman villa which has been unearthed in Warwick.
THE remains of a previously unknown Roman building – the largest ever seen in the region – have been discovered during building work on a new school.
Wall foundations for a large aisled structure the size of a medieval church have been unearthed on Banbury Road in Warwick, to where King’s High School is relocating.
Archaeologists say the building most likely forms a component of a large villa estate, which must have spread along the banks of the Avon and been connected to the Roman road system, and early indications suggest it developed in the 2nd century AD and probably went out of use in the 4th century.
Constructed of local sandstone, over 28m long by 14.5m wide, the villa would have been the largest building ever seen in the region.
Corn drying ovens, both inside and outside the structure, attest to an agricultural function, although internal wall divisions at the opposite end of the building probably indicate a suite of domestic rooms.
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