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Living In The Country

The country Villa formed one of the cornerstones of the Roman Empire, acting as an agricultural centre and rural escape for the wealthy.

These large farming estates often grew out from earlier Iron Age communities and could last well into the latter stages of the Roman occupation of Britain.

Today they provide one of the primary sources for archaeological investigation as they often occupy open land, as opposed to the urban villas that now lie below our modern cities. 

The Legion aids in the construction of a Roman Villa for the local Celtic chieftan.

The Roman British Villa reconstruction at Butser Iron Age Farm. Members of LEGIIAVG aided in the construction.

Wealthy Villas would incorporate large Bath Houses and extensive gardens such as these

Cattle, sheep, and pigs, were important villa products alongside numerous crops, especially wheat for bread and grapes for wine.