Roman villa, with the addition of two wings, one containing heated dining-rooms, the other a suite of baths.
How typical is Piercebridge of Roman County Durham generally?
A landscape of villa estates?
The villa at Holme House is not an isolated exception. In recent years, other villas have turned up in the lower reaches of the Tees Valley. Two have been excavated on the south bank, one at Ingleby Barwick, the other at Dalton-on-Tees. Both appear to have functioned as estate centres, to have had winged-corridor houses for the principal residences, and to date from the mid 2nd century AD.
Faverdale: a prosperous, romanised agricultural settlement right A final plot of the successive phases revealed in excavation. Note the distinctive ‘ladder-style’ layout of the field system, with the land parcelled up into a series of small rectilinear enclosures. beloW iNset The site produced evidence for grand living – in this case, the remains of what appears to have been a detached bath-house, complete with painted wall-plaster. bottom An aerial view of the site at Faverdale.
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A r c h a e o l o g y L t d above Another refinement was high-quality imported tablewares – as represented by these sherds of late 1st century AD Spanish colour-coated ware.
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