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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 84    1969  page 100
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 1968: Seventh Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

of its tessellation had been dispersed by ploughing, enough tesserae were preserved in situ to show that the tessellation had been identical, in its alternating strips of red and buff tesserae, with that in Room 103,15 The opus signinum bedding averaged 4 in. in thickness and consisted of two applications of concrete over two make-up layers of painted wall-plaster fragments with loose yellow mortar and ragstone chippings. Both partition walls of this room were of the same thickness as the north-west wall of Room 103 and similarly contained painted wall-plaster and mosaic fragments in the bottom of their shallow construction trenches.16
Room 95 (Plate I, A) measured 11 ft. 6 in. by 17 ft. 6 in. and was divided from Room 92 by a partition wall, 2 ft. in width; access between these two rooms was afforded by a doorway, near the south corner of Room 95 and measuring 3 ft. in width—this is not, however, likely to be the true width of the door as no evidence survived for the jambs that would have obviously narrowed the opening allowed for the door in the partition wall. This room, too, had been laid with a tessellated pavement, of which a few pockets of tesserae remained in situ; its opus signinum bedding was again about 4 in. thick, consisted of two clearly distinct applications of concrete and had been carried through the doorway. A thin layer of dirt was observed below the upper surface of this bedding and the thin screed of opus signinum used for the setting of the tesserae; this clearly indicates that some time had elapsed between the construction of the bedding and the laying of the tessellation.
   The most likely explanation for this must be that the surviving tessellation is not the original floor of this room and that the original pavement had been removed in order to allow for the insertion of the channelled hypocaust below the floor of this room. In this case, dust and dirt from the building operations would accumulate on the bedding and become sealed underneath the tessellation when it was re-laid. Further support for this suggestion can be found in the recorded change made in the re-laying of the tesserae still in five alternating stripes as before but with red tesserae forming the outer and central stripes instead of buff-coloured ones as in Rooms 103 and 92 and, in effect, reversing the colour-scheme of the tessellation. Below the opus signinum bedding was a deposit of yellow mortar and numerous fragments of painted wall-plaster laid on a make-up of loose ragstone and tile debris, except over the hypocaust channels where tile debris alone formed the make-up layer.
The channelled hypocaust (Plates II, B and in, A) inserted in this room consisted of one main flue and three subsidiary channels ending in outlets possibly built into the north-east wall of the room or, more likely as it would avoid the necessary extensive demolition, box flue tiles

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