Roman Villa Yeovil

Four Romano-British pots were found in 1901 at the site of a former quarry near Larkhill Road, where a Roman road passed nearby. A skeleton of a man was also found near here in 1909, along with a section of the Roman road.

 

In 1912, at the same location near the quarry fragments of four skeletons of the Roman period were found together with five coins dating from AD 306 - 350.

In 1949, again near the quarry, a human skull was dug up along with a coin, which had been inside the skull. It is thought that the coin had been placed on the tongue of the dead man in order to pay Charon, the ferryman, to carry him across the river Styx to the Underworld.

Roman pottery has also been found at Westfield, St Michael's Avenue, Wyndham Hill and near West Coker Road, supporting evidence of farming activity in the area in Roman times.


The Westland Roman Villa in Yeovil was discovered in 1916 and excavations proved that it was occupied from early in the third century AD until the end of the fourth century.

Roman Villa Yeovil

Roman Villa Yeovil

A tessellated pavement from this site is stored at the Community Heritage Access Centre at Lufton along with other finds.

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