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A Roman Villa Is Uncovered in Kent

Monday, June 24, 2013

SWATKENT, ENGLAND—Remains of a Roman bath house, first discovered in the southeastern English village of Teston in 1872, eventually led to the uncovering of an entire villa 140 years later. After the initial discovery, it was not until 1991 that a sewer repair resulted in the discovery of more Roman artifacts and masonry. Last year, archaeologists dug survey pits, eventually identifying rooms, a 127-foot wall, parts of a floor mosaic, and the remains of windows belonging to the ancient villa.