Between 2016 and 2018, Cotswold Archaeology excavated a villa on land previously used as rugby pitches by Dings Crusaders RFC at Stoke Gifford, Gloucestershire.
Spanning the entire Roman period, the site developed from an enclosed farmstead with a roundhouse that was established during the 1st century AD, into a ‘row’ or ‘cottage’ type stone building in the 3rd century AD. In its final form, which lasted until at least the end of the 4th century AD, the stone building was expanded with new wings constructed at either end, as well as having underfloor heating and a bath suite added, and ancillary buildings put up around a courtyard. Whilst it never achieved refinements such as mosaic floors, the presence of painted plaster and some architectural features, such as a carved stone roof finial and a decorative column, indicate a site of some, but perhaps not the highest, status.
Commissioned by Tom Brindle of Cotswold Archaeology in 2021