Notes: A huge Roman villa has been accidentally discovered under a back-yard garden in Wiltshire, England. According to Historic England archaeologist, Dr. David Roberts, "'the discovery of such an elaborate and extraordinarily well-preserved villa, undamaged by agriculture for over 1500 years, is unparalleled in recent years. Overall, the excellent preservation, large scale and complexity of this site present a unique opportunity to understand Roman and post-Roman Britain'." Source: The Telegraph.
The villa is apparently enormous. According to Historic England: "We believe that parts of the double-courtyard villa had three storeys, based on the very thick walls which survive to almost 1.5m high and 0.9m wide. These are capped with a base for a timber frame so we understand that the ground floor walls were built in large blocks, with a second storey of timber, topped with a stone tile roof."
After the initial excavations, the site was reburied in order to preserve the find, which will require "hundreds of thousands of pounds to fully excavate and preserve ..." The discovery has been described as being of "huge national and international significance," but the funding needed to thoroughly study the site just isn't available, apparently. Meanwhile, the British taxpayers are shelling out over a hundred million pounds in resettlement costs for the current "migrant" crisis (and that was back in 2015. No telling what the cost is now.) But what the hell; it's only British history and culture, so why should the British government care about that?