THE findings of an archaeological dig at a Roman villa have gone on display at a special event this week.

Built between 140 and 160AD, the villa, which was unearthed in Ingleby Barwick, is thought to have been used until approximately 400AD and remains one of the most northern surviving from the Roman Empire.

Archaeologists have spent nearly a decade excavating the site, the results of which have now been compiled in the public report titled ‘A Roman Villa at the Edge of Empire’.

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Members of the public had a chance to view the findings of the report, published by the Council for British Archaeology, during a special launch event at Ingleby Barwick Library today (Wednesday, January 22) where a copy of the report was presented to the library.

For the next six weeks, visitors will also have an opportunity to see a small display of artefacts which have been uncovered over the past decade, from Roman jewellery to Bronze Age pottery and hunting tools dating back to 4000 BC.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: “We have a rich Roman heritage in Stockton and it is fascinating to discover the impact of the Roman period in what is now Ingleby Barwick.

"I really hope people pop down to find out more and see some of the findings of the excavation.”

The excavation and report was the work of Archaeology Services Durham University and was funded by Persimmon Homes and English Heritage.

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