Archaeologists find Roman underfloor heating, buildings and mosaic in south Wales dig

By Ben Miller | 13 May 2014

Archaeologists have discovered more about the Romans in south Wales as part of a team effort in an abandoned village

A photo of two archaeological poles on the top of a rural ridge surrounded by stones
The Roman underfloor heating system at Whitewall Brake Roman complex was excavated by veterans and students© Simon James / University of Leicester
A Roman underfloor heating system has been found in an abandoned village during a fourth dig at Whitewell Brake, a Roman building complex within a Ministry of Defence training area which once overlooked the walls of the city of Venta Silurum.

Grand buildings, fragments of coloured mosaic and the remains of a small column were found during a fortnight of investigations in Caerwent, where archaeologists are hoping to discover more about the Roman community in Monmouthshire.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation and the Welsh heritage agency, Cadw, will use the findings to decide how to curate the scheduled ancient remains. Students from the University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History and injured military personnel took part in the latest excavation as part of the Operation Nightingale programme.

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