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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 88    1973  page 76
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 1972: Eleventh Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

whether this mortar represents the actual floor of the corridor rather than a base for tiling.
   Immediately outside the line of this wall were several much-repaired floors of opus signinum; these floors were not present in the 1971 trench containing the west corner of the wing, nor did they continue into the trench south-east of the wing's south corner. Furthermore, as these floors barely reached into a trench south-west of the wall, it seems likely that they were laid at a point outside the south-west wall where a door into the wing may have been located; though this would accord with the patching of these floors and their super-imposition, no direct evidence for such an entrance survived across the wall.

Periods VI-VII,
c. A.D. 180-400: (i) The Boundary Wall
This perimeter wall was found clearly abutted on to the south corner of the south-east wing, but not at right angles to it; from this junction, it continued south-east for some 15 ft, (4.5 m.) before turning to south-west, again without forming a right angle, for at least 42 ft. (12.60 m.); the wall had been built of ragstone and yellow mortar to a 2 ft. (0.60 m.) thickness, though it also contained some flint and dressed tufa blocks which formed its east corner—its construction trench had been filled with loose gravel rather than the standard ragstone chippings, and its construction suggested that the wall was not expected to carry a great load. Immediately outside the east corner of this wall was an elongated, fairly deep pit; its dark-grey, organic filling, which contained little debris, suggested its possible use as a cess-pit; it contained late third-century coarse pottery in its filling though this may have been a survival and need not indicate that the pit and wall were in contemporary use.
   South-west of this pit was a curious feature which was cut like a shallow gully running north-east to south-west for 14 ft. 6 in. (4.35 m.); it was 1 ft. (0.30 m.) wide, and its north-eastern end was wider than its opposite counterpart. Whatever its purpose, this feature clearly antedates the boundary wall as, when the latter was built, great care was taken to fill this gully with a solid layer of mortared roofing-tiles.
   Further south-west, the perimeter wall crossed over an earlier, narrow gully into which the wall's foundations were bedded. No evidence for floors was found within the area enclosed by this boundary wall.

(ii) The Courtyard
Three long trenches were mechanically out in the courtyard area immediately south-west of the south-east wing where little work had previously been undertaken. The most north-easterly of these

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