On one side of the Roman building a traditional Roman deception has been carried out. The wet lime render has been scored to make it resemble a face of finely dressed ashlar stone. Once it has been limewashed, the lines may be picked out in red to accentuate them. This was just one of many techniques that the Romans used to make their houses look posher than they really were.
Meanwhile the top parts of the gable ends of the Saxon longhall were daubed in a whirlwind of activity in increasingly dark circumstances (on the inside).