phase, dating back to the later 1st century AD and comprising three buildings on the same ‘House 1’ footprint.
In this early phase, a seven-roomed townhouse was constructed, flanked at one end by a round house, and, at the other, by a simple, single-cell, rectangular building with a central, tiled hearth, subsequently enlarged with the addition of a further room on the north-east end.
Two leading Callevan families?
Altogether, we have three phases of building spanning about 200 years, perhaps representing successive generations of the same family, and perhaps inset right Margaret Mathews’ reconstruction shows the redevelopment of Insula IX in the 80s AD. A late 1st century AD timber town-house resolutely sticks to what appears to be an earlier, pre-Roman alignment – ignoring the new streetgrid.
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with successive phases of building reflecting changes in the configuration of the group. Over time, the number of separate buildings was reduced from three to one. Significantly, the first phase of building coincided with the laying down and consolidation of the Roman street-grid, arranged on north-south and east-west axes.
Establishing the limits of the property has not been easy. In its first, late 1st century AD phase, the row of houses looked across a gravelled area to two, simple, rectangular, timber-framed buildings, each with a central, tiled hearth, and
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