Fragments of a double-ditched enclosure with sharp-angled corners have been known from cropmarks at Abermagwr since 1979, but were not characteristically Roman in appearance. Royal Commission aerial photography in 2006 revealed more of the 1.1 hectare enclosure in a severe drought, together with a buried stone building in one corner. This was confirmed as a winged building during a geophysical survey by David Hopewell in 2009, like the ‘geofizz’ of the Time Team.
Although the plan was characteristic of a Roman villa, and the building would have been confidently identified as such in south Wales or southern England, it was both unusual and unexpected in mid Wales. For this reason a trial excavation was carried out for two weeks in July 2010 funded by the Cambrian Archaeological Association with logistical support from the Dyfed Archaeological Trust and the Royal Commission.
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Autograph album, 1921
Arch at Strata Florida, 1977
Severn Bridge, 1970
St Catwg's Church
Verses written about Winifred Jones, missionary
Llantwit Major, Bethesda'r Fro
Exterior view of Troedrhiwfallen, Cribyn
Broughton Hall library, 1956
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