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CASTLE HILL ROMAN VILLA

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Site of a Roman villa at Castle Hill, Whitton, described as the largest and most sophisticated villa complex known in Suffolk. Part of a decorated mosaic was found in 1854 during construction of a farmhouse, and was removed to Ipswich Museum. A further secion of tessellated floor was found in 1897 during planting of an orchard. Excavations occurred in 1929-32, 1946-50 and 1988-9, suggesting the presence of a large villa complex comprising several buildings, including a bath house. The buildings, both timber and stone, and some of which show several phases of rebuilding, span the 1st to the 4th centuries AD. There is little evidence for activity between the Roman period and the 19th century other than a few Saxon potsherds. Pre-Roman activity encountered during excavations includes a pit, some pottery and worked flints of Neolithic date.

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