Here in late August we are visiting the excavated remains of Lullingstone Roman Villa
It is not too far from home but due to extensive new roads and junctions for the latest Channel Tunnel terminal on the other side of the River Thames we managed to take the wrong exit (why do we not trust the sat nav more) and added some miles to our journey
I personally do not like the coloured lights but they were in cync with an overhead commentary
especially when viewing these fine mosaics below
The following history written in smaller script was taken from the English Heritage website
First, the central core of the house was radically altered when an apsidal dining room or 'triclinium' was built across the line of the western corridor, splitting it in two. This dining room, with its attached audience chamber, and the mosaics within the rooms, demonstrate the increasing prosperity of the villa.
Within the triclinium, which has been claimed as a 'caenaculum', where diners would have reclined on a single crescent-shaped couch, the mosaic tells the mythical story of the Rape of Europa, who was abducted by the god Jupiter disguised as a bull. One of the accompanying cupids attempts to intervene by holding on to the bull’s tail.
The main mosaic panel in the audience chamber tells the story of Bellerophon, Prince of Corinth, on the winged-horse Pegasus, killing the Chimæra, a fire-breathing she-monster.
The first building for which we have evidence was certainly constructed by AD 100 and perhaps as early as AD 80–90.
In the second half of the second century, possibly around AD 150, but perhaps as late as AD 180, the simple winged-corridor house was substantially enlarged. Such development normally suggests increasing prosperity on the part of the owners.
Skeleton of a baby, late 2nd century
From the Paganism of early times Christianity took over and we see here a chapel within the villa
an early house church
Dog skeleton, 364-378
To the right of this photo we see a deep well hole
standing next to it and looking over the fence felt quite scary as it was so deep
Map of the Roman Empire which was the first Western Super State
It was at it's greatest AD 117
Brittania was a province of the Roman Empire for nearly 400 years
I have made this photo larger in the hope you can see the different commodities being produced around the empire at that time
England is metal, wool, animal skins and wild animals
Hope you found this interesting
We will go into the local village and have lunch (next post) before visiting somewhere very different this afternoon