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FRIENDS OF BRADING ROMAN VILLA

ROMAN IOW

The Rev. Edmund Kell.

Carisbrooke Roman Villa 1859, by the rev. Edmund Kell, giving an account of the discovery at the Roman villa at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, revised from descriptive notes.

Carisbrooke Roman Villa 1859
The Rev. Edmund Kell.
The 1866 Gurnard Villa report. An account of the discovery of a Roman building in Gurnard Bay, Isle of Wight. Published in the Journal of British Archaeology. The Gurnard Villa is now lost to the sea.

Gurnard 1866
The Rev. S.M. Mayhew.

The 1880 Brading Roman Villa dig report, published in the Journal of British Archaeology. (Brading report starts at the bottom of page 363) The report is referred to in Sir Barry Cunliffe’s Monograph.

BAS 1880 Brading Report

Hoard of Roman coins goes to villa collection

A RARE hoard of Roman coins found on a cliff face have been bought by Brading Roman Villa. Amateur fossil hunter and archaeologist Mick Green, of Military Road, Brighstone, made the 700-coin find at the top of a 100ft cliff near his home more than two years ago. The Island’s finds officer Frank Basford described the hoard as very significant because they were radiate coins featuring crowned figures. The silver coins, found inside a ceramic Roman pot, were struck during the reign of 13 emperors, dating between 253AD and 274AD.

Mr Green got his wish to see them remain on the Island when the villa’s support organisation, The Friends of Brading Roman Villa, bought them for £750 from the British Museum, to where treasure trove initially goes. Just over three quarters of the coins bear the heads of emperors of the Gallic Empire, with the remainder comprising emperors of the Central Empire. The hoard comprises coins called antoninianus — introduced in 215AD as a silver coin but debased to a copper alloy containing four per cent silver content in later years. The pot in which they were found, which has been carefully glued buck together, is an example of New Forest Ware.

The date range of the new acquisition covers the period when the villa’s aisled North Range was in use. Chris Piggott, chief executive officer at the villa, said: “It is an amazing hoard — incredibly rare and a significant find on the Island. We are seeking some grant funding so we can take pictures and blow them up to make them even more interesting.” The British Museum is undertaking a three-year study into later 3rd century British hoards, which will include the villa’s hoard.

Article by: Jon Moreno of IWCP

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Achilles on Vectis

A new interpretation of a
mosaic panel from Brading,
with notes on other Romano-British representations of the subject in mosaic
By Anthony Beeson.



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