Brighton Roman Villa
A talk by Dr David Rudling on Brighton’s Roman villa.
Wednesday 14 September 2022
Includes tea / coffee & biscuits
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The Brighton Roman villa was first discovered in 1876 by workmen looking for flints to use as building materials for constructing houses to front onto Springfield Road. The villa was then partially excavated in the late nineteenth century, with further investigations and discoveries during the early twentieth century, prior to a redevelopment of much of the villa site by the Endeavour Motor Company in 1962/3. Fortunately, an employee of the Motor Company, a Mr Whitehead, was interested in the Roman aspects of the site. He maintained a watching brief and carried out some excavation work. The most recent archaeological excavations, this time prior to redevelopment of the Endeavour site, were in 2002 and 2004. An interesting aspect of the villa is the discovery of various associated Roman-period burials, both cremations and inhumations.
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Dr David Rudling FSA, MCIfA, will describe the various phases of investigations and discoveries at the villa, the finds from the various excavations (some of which are on display in Brighton Museum), and aspects of the dating and economy of the villa. Dr Rudling will then consider the Brighton area more generally in terms of Roman-period archaeology, and discus how the villa compares with other villas found in Sussex.
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