Truckle Hill Roman Bath-House
Latest news on the Truckle Hill Roman bath-house can be found on the Celts and Romans in North Wiltshire blog.
In 2004, the remains of a small Roman building were uncovered on the side of a narrow, steep-sided valley near North Wraxall in Wiltshire. The building, a bath-house, is a short distance from an imposing Roman villa, excavated in the mid 19th century.
The three-week investigation achieved an astonishing amount, thanks to nearly fifty volunteers who came to help. Their work confirmed that the building was a bath-house, probably built in the early second century AD. The original building had been altered by the addition of a second frigidarium (cold room), probably to replace the first which may have suffered from subsidence. Later on, when it was no longer used as a bath-house, the building had been adapted for corn drying.
The success of this work led to the establishment of a community project. Excavations in 2008 and 2009 set out to explore the unusual nature and difficult location of the bath-house and have shown that it was preceded by a high status building with glass windows, a mosaic floor, and painted wall plaster. The character of this building is not yet established with certainty but it may be a temple, which would be both rare and important.
2008 Excavation Blog
See photos from the site on our Truckle Hill Flickr gallery:
Plan of the Roman bath-house
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