British man finds Roman villa in his backyard
|The villa was discovered by Luke Irwin |
in his garden [Credit: PA]
said the villa was built sometime between 175 AD and 220 AD |
and was repeatedly remodelled up to the mid-4th century AD [Credit: PA]
|Luke Irwin was laying electric cables at his farmhouse when he came across|
an untouched Roman mosaic [Credit: PA]
|Coins, brooches, bones of animals including a suckling pig, wild animals which |
had been hunted and a Roman well were also found in a dig [Credit: PA]
|Finds included hundreds of oysters, which were artificially cultivated and |
carried live from the coast in barrels of salt water [Credit: PA]
|A stone planter which had been holding geraniums by Mr Irwin's kitchen was |
also identified by experts as a Roman child's coffin [Credit: PA]
Dr Roberts said the villa, built sometime between AD 175 and 220, had "not been touched since its collapse 1,400 years ago", which made it "of enormous importance".
"Without question, this is a hugely valuable site in terms of research, with incredible potential," he said. "It's one of the best sites I have ever had the chance to work on."
Source: BBC News Website [April 17, 2016]