In the footsteps of Trebellius Maximus: Phase 2 (awarded 2021)

In September 2021 phase 2 of the In the Footsteps of Trebellius Maximus project took place near Rossett, in Wrexham County Borough, Wales. The project was a partnership between the University of Chester and Wrexham Museum and aimed to investigate first ever structurally attested Romano-British villa in North Wales. Discovered through magnetometry in 2020 during phase 1 of the project (also with support from the Roman Research Trust), the villa is a winged-corridor layout with associated buildings and field systems, typical of a villa rustica.  With thanks to the continued support from the Trust it has been possible to undertake an initial three-week season of excavations. The evaluations revealed varying levels of preservation of the structural remains but generally good survival of artefactual evidence dating from the early 2nd century A.D. to the mid/late 4th century A.D.   The project involved a range of local partners and volunteers, offering opportunities for engagement and participation. More details on what was found can be seen by viewing the video dig diaries.