A dad, Luke Irwin, made one of the most significant Roman archaeological discoveries in over a decade while he was digging in his garden to lay cables for his children to play table tennis in a barn.
Irwin came across a mosaic tile in the backyard of his home in Brixton Deverill near Warminster, Wiltshire. He then contacted Historic England about the tile, who along with the Salisbury Museum, determined that the tile belonged to a villa built between 175 AD and 220 AD.
Eight days were spent digging up more findings that included a Roman well, a child’s stone coffin, oyster shells, pottery, coins and jewelry.
Historic England called this as the most significant discovery of it’s kind in a decade and Irwin is astonished that someone had lived on the land his home is on for 2,000 years.
Check out the video below to see an artist’s recreation of The Deverill Villa and SHARE this amazing discovery with your friends and family on Facebook today!