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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 79    1964  pages 133

Excavations at Eccles, 1963: Second Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

is likely to be on the same alignment as the south-east walls of Rooms 21 and 22.18 Its walls and hypocaust were of identical construction with those of Room 24; only the size (7 by 7 by 1 in.) of its smaller pila-tiles was slightly different. The north-west wall of this room had a flue in it conveying heat from the unexcavated stokehole outside; this flue was lined with clay, which was found baked to a hard brick-red consistency (Plate VII).
   Of this later stokehole, only a small length of its north-east wall was exposed; built of ragstone and yellow mortar to the standard 3-ft. thickness, it was constructed on the opus signinum floor of Room 39 and is presumed to be built directly upon part of the south-west wall of Room 41.
   Rooms 23 and 24 were both filled with a large deposit of opus signinum and tile debris as well as much decayed mortar from the wall faces, which lay directly upon the soot on the hypocaust floors; this deposit provided evidence for interments as in Rooms 20 and 21 in 1962.19 Again, and as observed during the first season of excavation,20 a deliberate effort appears to have been made to seal this deposit of rubble with a layer of large lumps of opus signinum from the destroyed suspended floors.

(b) The Living Quarters
  
Very little is known of the living accommodation of the villa in this period of occupation. The only evidence found is that of a length of wall exposed immediately north-east of Rooms 36 and 37. This wall was constructed of the standard ragstone and yellow mortar of the period to the usual thickness of 3 ft., and lies immediately north-east of its second period predecessor, the edge of which it slightly overlaps; it was abutted on to the north-east wall of the Period II corridor, but no further evidence is at present available about the purpose of this wall.
Another burial was found at the eastern corner of this trench, south-east of the Period II drain; a set of bronze toilet instruments, found in direct contact with the skeleton, suggests that this burial at least may be of Romano-British date.

Dating
  
Period I: c. A.D. 75-100. The tentative dating for this period suggested in the 1962 report is still retained for the time being, though evidence is gradually accumulating that the initial date of c. A.D. 75 may be a little late. Some of the material stratified in layers immediately above the undisturbed subsoil may well have become deposited rather
  18 Confirmed in 1964:; with three flues.
   19 Arch. Cant., lxxvxiii (1963), 140,
   20 Ibid.

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