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TRELISSEY ROMAN VILLA

Site Details


NPRN 304230

Map Reference SN10NE

Grid Reference SN17500785

Unitary (Local) Authority Pembrokeshire

Old County Pembrokeshire

Community Amroth

Type of Site VILLA

Broad Class Unassigned

Period Roman

Site Description 1. Traces of a Roman villa excavated within an earthwork enclosure.

A subcircular earthwork enclosure, 72-76m in diameter, defined by a rampart, ditch & counterscarp, having a south-west facing entrance, from which the ground falls away in all directions, steeply on the east, save the north, where it faces gently rising ground: identified from RAF vertical AP in 1948, & trenched as a possibly medieval site in 1950, the recognition of Roman material prompting further excavation of internal surface features, 1950-1: this work recorded a heavily plough-damaged rectangular stone built, or founded building, at least 17.5m north-west to south-east by 7.0-8.5m, divided into three compartments by stone-founded partition walls; patches of clay floor were recorded, as well as stone-flags & pitching, these last possibly floor substructures; finds indicated occupation from the early 2nd to at least the later third century; flue-tile fragments suggest the presence of a hypocaust, or bath-suite; fragments of ceramic roof tile were also noted: indications of further structures were noted close by the main building, or range, which was positioned to face the enclosure entrance.

Sources: RAF Vertical: 106G/UK/1423.3052
Thomas & Walker 1959 (BBCS 18.3), 295-303.

J.Wiles 15.02.05

2. Aerial reconnaissance in 2007 revealed rectangular footings of a possible building 440m NNW of Trelissey villa at Eastlake (NPRN 410762). These may be interpreted as those of a possible Roman building but further work is required.

T. Driver, RCAHMW, 4th May 2010.

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