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In England, a Roman villa has been restored for “future generations”.

The practice of reburial of archaeological sites is not uncommon. MAP Archaeological Practice

Uncovered at a construction site and described as “the first of its kind” to be discovered, the building was reburied.

A Roman villa on the outskirts of Scarborough in North Yorkshire was restored a year after its discovery. This reburial will allow preservation of the described building as much as possible “first of its kind”, BBC reports. The complex, which has an area of ​​just under 400 m2A thermal establishment, consisting of a central heating system as well as several circular and apsidal structures.

The practice of reburial is not uncommon. Archaeological sites may be restored for many reasons, including financial difficulties in maintaining the site, as well as protection from vandalism, damage by tourists, or weather conditions.

Already vandalized

On the night of its discovery, between April 14 and 15, 2021, the archaeological site was already the subject of a wild survey. Thieves or thieves, armed with metal detectors, stirred up the earth around the perimeter of the excavation, possibly taking away some of their remains.

Speaking in April 2021, Historic England’s Inspector of Ancient Monuments Keith Emerick said the work on the complex had not yet been updated, but described it as a Roman version of a royal house. “This is indeed an exciting discovery and of definite national significance.. I would say that this is one of the most important Roman discoveries of the last ten years. easily“, pointed out British press Keith Emerick.

Following this discovery, promoter KeepMot Home, which will build houses on the site, has changed its project. Instead, a landscaping that would incorporate a presentation of the remains, informing visitors of the importance of the discovery, should see the light of day.


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