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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86    1971  page 27
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 1970: Ninth Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

wing which still awaits excavation. This is certainly borne out by various layers of domestic rubbish used as make-up below the flooring of the fronting corridor, Room 93; a preliminary examination of the pottery found in this deposit and in the debris resulting from the demolition of Room 94 strengthens this conclusion.
   Further work in the area of the main block has established the full size of Room 114 at 22 ft. by 24 ft. 6 in. (6.71 m. by 7.33 m.),3 and added one final room, Boom 116, to the central range; this last room measured 19 ft. by 24 ft. 6 in. (5.79 m. by 7.33 m.). No floors survived below the slight depth of topsoil, but their make-up layer consisted of a fairly thick deposit of yellow clay which suggests that the floors would have consisted of yellow mortar and tiles as known in other parts of the villa.4
The north-east wall of Room 116 is clearly not part of the original build; apart from the fact that it was constructed of flint set in yellow mortar as opposed to the ragstone construction of all other known walls of the villa's living quarters, it is clearly abutted, at both its north-east and south-west extremities (Plate IA), on to the main walls of the central range of rooms which terminated in this area; the south-west wall extended a little more than 1 ft. (0.30 m.) further to south-east than its counterpart. Both ends of these walls are regularly finished and show very clearly that the original house ended at this point; this is further supported by the absence of any construction or robber trenches in the area immediately beyond the ends of these walls. This, however, poses the question of what sort of construction may have existed on the line of the later flint wall, and further examination is needed here to provide a reasonable explanation: it could be that the flint wall superseded a timber construction of sleeper-beams and wooden posts forming an entrance to the central range; alternatively, Room 116 may have been a small open courtyard leading into the central range.

Period V, c. A.D. 120-180: The Living Quarters
Renewed examination along the line of the villa's later fronting corridor (Room 93) has been carried out and its north-eastern limit has now been reached, demonstrating a total length of 217 ft. 6 in. (66.33 m.), or a frontage of 285 ft. 6 in. (77 m.) if Room 37, which continues the fronting corridor, is included.
   Very slight traces of the floor survived below the ploughsoil and consisted of yellow mortar on a make-up deposit of yellow sandy clay; it is likely that tiles were set on this mortar as surfacing for the corridor.4
3 The possibility of a partition-wall across this room sub-dividing it into two smaller ones, as in the case of Room 108, will be explored in 1971. 
4 Arch. Cant., lxxxv (1970), 69, and Pl. IIA.

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