A big push was made to tidy up the site for the July open day. The longhall was fitted out with the new furniture and the ceiling in the Roman […]
We are experimenting with a hypocaust system in our Roman dining room. We have 8 flues which take hot air from under the floor, up the wall and out under […]
Trials have begun on making tesserae for the mosaic floor in the Roman building. Stone (recycled from a Roman building) and tile are cut into rods by a tile cutter […]
The gable end of the Roman building was smeared pink from the red ochre lines by a tarpaulin was supposedly protecting it from red paint. Now re-limewashed, back to white.
The third door of the longhall was offered up this week and the line of the hinges marked out for mounting. Meanwhile table trestles were being made and a mass […]
The hunting scene has been finished – a fresco replica of a mosaic design from East Coker villa in Somerset. Very similar scenes are depicted on Roman villas as far […]
Linseed oil is derived from flax seeds and has been used to treat wood for thousands of years. The boiled variety is often preferred now because it has a much […]
Last weekend a rare Roman tortoise (Testudo testudo) was spotted on the Somerset moors for the first time in over a thousand years. The slow moving beast was seen advancing […]
Meanwhile, in the ante room of the Roman building, work continues, finishing off window details, adding more dots to the ceiling design and generally tarting up. A trip to the […]
More work on the Roman ceiling – the pattern is becomming increasingly dotty. By popular vote, the serving girl was named Aurelia.