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Little Hadnock Roman Villa, Dixton Newtown

A Scheduled Monument in Monmouth (Trefynwy), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.8339 / 51°50'1"N

Longitude: -2.6758 / 2°40'32"W

OS Eastings: 353531

OS Northings: 215246

OS Grid: SO535152

Mapcode National: GBR FM.VQWT

Mapcode Global: VH86V.K5SG

Entry Name: Little Hadnock Roman Villa, Dixton Newtown

Scheduled Date: 10 July 1976

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 305

Cadw Legacy ID: MM195

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Villa

Period: Roman

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Monmouth (Trefynwy)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a building complex, which dates to the Romano-British period (c. AD 70 - 410). The site was identified when ploughing brought up a massive Roman sill stone, and the subsequent excavation of a number of trial trenches revealed the foundations of a building. At the point where the sill stone had been unearthed, excavation revealed a doorway flanked by a wall carrying bases for a colonnade. Finds of Roman pottery confirm the date of the building, which is likely to have been a rural villa of high status. The site lies in a ploughed field and there are no visible remains on the surface.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of Romano-British rural settlement and socio-economic organisation. The feature forms an important element within the wider context of Romano-British society in Wales and retains significant archaeological potential. Villas are often part of a larger cluster of rural and urban settlements and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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