Ancient Roman Mega Villa—Bigger Than the Taj Mahal Discovered in the UK

A massive ancient Roman villa has been discovered in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

The massive villa, say experts, is packed with countless trophies as well as coins and boar tusks, as well as a sarcophagus of the skeletal remains of a yet unnamed woman.

The Roman villa was unearthed by archeologists beneath a field in Oxfordshire after the Villa was found by amateur detectorist and historian Keith Westcott, neat Broughton Castle.

Experts say that the villa is bigger than the mausoleum at Taj Mahal (or Buckingham Palace if you prefer), with its foundations measuring 85 meters by 85 meters, making it the second largest Villa ever discovered in the United Kingdom. The Taj Mahal in comparison measures 57 meters by 57 meters.

Villa aisled hall aerial shot NNL-180821-095904001. Image Credit: Banbury Guardian.

According to initial analysis, the Villa discovered on the land previously owned by Lord and Lady Saye and Sele, the parents of current owner Martin Fiennes, dates back to 99 AD.

The largest villa ever discovered in the United Kingdom is that at the Fishbourne Palace in West Sussex which according to experts dates back to 75AD, and was found in 1960.

Mr. Wescott, a passionate historian decided to explore the site in detail after hearing the story from a local farmer who claimed to have ploughed his tractor into a large stone more than half a century ago. After seeing a hole in the stone, the local farmer called John Taylor reached inside and pulled out a human bone, reports the Daily Mail.

This story caught the attention of Mr. Westcott who set off in 2016 to study the site in detail. His work paid off after finding a 1,800-year-old tile from a hypocaust tile used to take hot pipes up walls in high-status Roman buildings, reports Metro.

In April of this year, Mr. Walcott and experts from Oxford Archaeology worked for two weeks digging five trail trenches to explore potential remains.

Roman Villa Excavations
Villa Keith Westcott during the trial dig NNL-180821-100325001. Image Credit: Banbury Guardian.

With the help of Magnetometry, which allows experts to see what is located beneath the soil, they identified walls, room outlines as well as ditches on other archeological remains.

In fact, up to 178 artifacts of importance were uncovered, cleaned and cataloged.

To read more about the historic ruins click here.

Featured Image Credit: Banbury Guardian.

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