FEBRUARY 2024 LECTURE: IN SEARCH OF ROMAN RURAL SETTLEMENT

Another chance to see our February 2024 Lecture: Northeast Wales and parts of Cheshire are traditionally thought to be areas where relatively little ‘high-status’ rural settlement existed during the Roman period but this view has been challenged by the discovery of a Roman villa near Wrexham in 2021. In this talk Dr Caroline Pudney from the University of Chester reports on the ‘In Search of Roman Rural Settlement’ project.

Roman villa model

Lecture by Dr Caroline Pudney, Senior Lecture in Archaeology, University of Chester recorded on 21 February 2024

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk-3b8Yq-ZA/

Northeast Wales and parts of Cheshire are traditionally thought to be areas where relatively little ‘high-status’ rural settlement existed during the Roman period. Instead the landscape is considered to be largely populated by military, industrial and associated settlements. However, the discovery of a Roman villa near Wrexham in 2021 potentially challenges this thesis. When considered in conjunction with broader evidence for Roman activity, such as from metal detected finds, it points to a more vibrant part of Britannia than previously thought. This talk introduces the ‘In Search of Roman Rural Settlement’ project, with updates on the Rossett villa excavations, the ongoing research and potential avenues for future developments.

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