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Was an exceptionally early, large, and luxurious Roman villa or ‘palace’. One mile west of Chichester, the site was first occupied by a supply base of the invasion period. In the Neronian period the first stone civil buildings were constructed. The Mediterranean‐style complex and decoration (black‐and‐white mosaics, stucco‐work) were unique in late 1st‐cent. Britain. The complex declined through the 2nd and 3rd cents., though still a comfortable villa. It was destroyed by fire in the late 3rd cent.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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