Classicists visit local Roman villa site

A2 classicists took advantage of an archaeological dig by Liss Archaeological Group as part of their revision on villas and the economy of Roman Britain. In Colemore evidence has come to light of a substantial set of stone foundations, showing the presence of a well-developed farm (the Latin for which is ‘villa’). The buildings were situated on the second highest spot in Hampshire, and faced north but were at the centre of extensively farmed arable fields and woodland. Pottery and glass finds show that the occupants – who were probably native Celts – purchased goods from as far afield as the Nene Valley, Dorset, and even Germany. Students saw in this one location just how much the economic links in the Roman empire affected even modest sites like Colemore. The villa forms one of a series of Roman sites around Bedales, the best-known being the villa at Stroud, which was excavated by Bedalians during the Edwardian period.

By Christopher Grocock, Teacher of Classics

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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