First identified in 1973, when ploughing exposed the chalk wall lines. A Resistivity survey was carried out in 2000 by members of the Mid Sussex Field Archaeological Team (MSFAT), which showed a rectangular building with projecting wings at each end.
A Magnetometry survey, carried out on a larger scale than the Resistivity survey was undertaken in order to establish the full extent of the site, and revealed that the villa building was located within a large ditched enclosure, and comprised at least two phases of building, with possible evidence for hypocaust systems and in-situ floors or rubble dumps.
The first phase of excavation, targeting at the centre of the villa was carried out over the summer of 2014 by volunteers and students of the Sussex School of Archaeology. This revealed chalk and flint foundations of a substantial structure, with an outer corridor and three rooms in one trench, and a possible bath complex in another.
The 2015 summer excavation hopes to expand on our knowledge of the villa, and aims to find the extent of the east and west wings.
Excavation Training Course: five days £190, or £180 for friends of the Sussex School of Archaeology.
Volunteers must be Friends of the Sussex School of Archaeology – £5 a day to volunteer.
Volunteer courses will run for 6 weeks, beginning 22nd June 2015.
Training courses will run for 5 weeks, beginning 29th June 2015.
Details to become a Friend of the SSA can be found on our website under ‘The Team’.
During the 5 week excavation, further day courses will be running at the site:
Friends of the SSA receive £5 off the listed courses.
Apply by visiting the website, where you will find the details listed under Summer events: http://www.sussexarchaeology.org/
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