A large room 18m east to west by 6m containing a geometric mosaic with red and white banded border. It is thought to have acted as the main reception room of the late 4th century villa and overlies remains of the 2nd century bath house.
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- VILLA (late 4th century, Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
A large room 18.0m east to west by 6.2m containing a geometric mosaic with red and white banded border. It is thought (Salway and Esmonde Cleary) to have acted as the main reception room of the late 4th century villa and overlies remains of the 2nd century bath house. Another theory is that it might have acted as a gymnasium associated with the North Range baths (Bryn Walters).
Parts of the mosaic were exposed in 1990 (Roger Goodburn); 2000 (Cotswold Archaeology Mosaic Survey) and 2013, 2014, and 2016 (Martin Papworth North Range Research Project). The whole mosaic was uncovered in July 2018 when it was found that parts of the south area of the mosaic had not been revealed in the 1860s and a thin spread of late Roman debris was found across this part of the site (including a latest Roman coin of Theodosius).
Near the centre of the south side was some evidence of a doorway from the courtyard into 25b. Near the centre of the west side of the room the two outer red border bands turned west towards the wall. This suggests a key permanent feature to highlight within the room such as a statue base.
- SNA66381 - Unpublished document: Papworth Martin. 2015. Chedworth Roman Villa North Range Research Project Ph. 2 Excavations 25b & 25c.
- SNA66382 - Unpublished document: Papworth Martin. 2014. Chedworth Roman Villa North Range ph. 1: Excavation of part of the early baths within R 20.
Other Statuses and References
- ENA7917 - Archaeological Intervention, Phase 2 North Range Research Project 25b and 25c Aug 2014
- ENA7918 - Archaeological Intervention, North Range Research Project Room 20 and Corridor season 1 August 2013