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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 84    1969  page 97
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 1968: Seventh Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

The east corner of Room 90 was confirmed in a trench to north-east of the area examined in 1967. The partition wall had survived as foundation materials only and its junction with the north-east wall of the villa in this period had been completely robbed.
   The dimensions of Room 91 are 24 ft. 6 in. by 22 ft. 6 m., Room 98 measured 24 ft. 6 in. by 25 ft. 3 in., and Room 99 24 ft. 6 in. by 23 ft. Most of the walls of these rooms had been totally robbed, but there is no doubt that the main walls were the standard width of 2 ft. and the partition walls rather slighter at 1 ft. 6 in. Room 91 alone was laid with a tessellated floor, though none of the tessellation survived in situ; the opus signinum bedding for it, however, was preserved and was identical in construction with beddings in the other rooms to northwest where parts of the tessellation had survived in situ. On the other hand, Rooms 98 and 99 were floored with yellow mortar laid on a makeup layer of clay which was quite unlike the make-up layers below the opus signinum beddings.6 In the last stages in the villa's history both these rooms must have ceased to fulfil their original function as evidence was found for open hearths within both.

Period V, c. A.D. 120-180: The Living Quarters
Two new trenches were cut across the length of the villa's fronting corridor (Room 93). Its south-west wall had been completely robbed and its line survives only as a robber trench; the length so far traced is 96 ft. 6 in. Its floor had been virtually ploughed out and was preserved in few places where it consisted of yellow mortar laid on a bedding of bright yellow sandy clay.7
No traces were found of the water-pipeline trench observed southwest of this wall in the 1967 trenches further to north-west, but the disturbance at depth in this area at the time of the robbing of the wall may account for their absence.8

Period VI, c. A.D. 180-290
(i) The Living Quarters. Extensive re-examination of the area immediately to north-west of the central range of rooms has brought about a reconsideration of the plan of this area.
   Removal of the tessellation and its opus signinum bedding of Room 103 (Plate I, A) showed that its north-west and north-east walls were not contemporary, but that the former had been abutted
   6  Ibid., fig. 2, section AA\
It is quite possible, of course, that those mortar floors were in fact the under-fioors beneath tiling since removed by the plough.
   8 Further evidence for this water pipeline was recovered in 1909 beyond the limits of the 1968 excavation.
   9 Room 103 is the result of the re-numbering of Room 87 as in the report for 1967.

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