Llantwit Major Roman Villa
|Llantwit Major Roman Villa|
Location within Vale of Glamorgan
|Architectural style||Romano-British Villa|
Llantwit Major, Wales|
grid reference SS95886998
|Coordinates||51°25′09″N 3°29′56″W / 51.4192°N 3.4989°W|
|Construction started||2nd century|
The site may have been occupied in the late Iron Age. The first stone structure was erected in the 2nd century. The site developed slowly and, it has been suggested, was even abandoned for a while during the 3rd century. By the 4th century, there was an L-shaped villa with fine mosaic floors, a large aisled building possibly for farm workers and a number of smaller agricultural structures almost enclosing a central courtyard.
Part of the site was used as a cemetery in the early medieval period. The excavations of 1971 uncovered two burials which had been dug through the tesselated pavement of rooms 8/9. Another contorted skeleton was recovered from the corridor.
No evidence has been found to support the suggestion that the villa was somehow associated with Saint Illtud who founded the church at Llantwit Major in the 6th century.
- Llantwit Major Roman villa on Roman Britain
- Reconstruction of Llantwit Major Roman villa on Gathering the Jewels