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Westbury “villa rustica” – an excavation in progress by Andrew Buchanan

14 April, 2023 @ 19:30 - 21:00

Since 2020 the Westbury Society Archaeology Group has been excavating a recently discovered Romano British building. It is believed to be the owner’s home of a farmstead, and the size of the house, plus finds so far, indicate a degree of wealth, though not sufficient to afford a mosaic floor. Despite being fairly modest compared to some Somerset villas of a similar period, it is revealing useful information about the lives of local people 1700 years ago.

Meetings are held in The Lecture Hall at Wells & Mendip Museum.

Admission FREE for members. Visitors £2.00




14 April, 2023
19:30 - 21:00


Wells Natural History & Archaeological Society
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Wells and Mendip Museum
8 Cathedral Green
Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE
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1 Easy – generally even ground with a few gentle slopes; no special fitness needed.  Comfortable footwear required.

2 Moderate – for reasonably fit people, may include unsurfaced rural paths and tracks, moderate slopes, uneven surfaces, steps and stiles. Walking shoes/boots required.

3 Strenuous – for fit, experienced walkers, will include hills, uneven surfaces, tracks and may include muddy terrain. Walking boots and waterproof clothing are essential.

4 Confined spaces – including caves and attics. Locations may be dusty, slippery and dark.

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