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Folkestone seaview (c) Smith Kriek ProductionsThis reconstruction of the Roman villa found at Folkestone’s East Cliff was made in 2012. Archaeologists excavated the villa site in 1924, 1989 and were there again in 2010 and 2011. They found remains from Roman and Iron Age times. The villa had lots of rooms and was built with stone, clay bricks and tiles. It had under-floor heating and running water – luxuries in Roman times. Some of the rooms had mosaics and decorated walls. The villa had a wonderful sea view across the English Channel to France.

What kind of people would have lived in a place like this?

Reconstruction image drawn by Drew Smith and Mikko Kriek.


Folkestone villa front (c) Smith Kriek ProductionsThis reconstruction of the Roman villa found at Folkestone’s East Cliff was made in 2012. It shows the front of the villa with its gardens, facing the sea. You could have walked through the main entrance, across the passage and into the dining room with its mosaic floor. Archaeologists excavated the villa site in 1924, 1989 and were there again in 2010 and 2011. They found remains from Roman and Iron Age times. The villa had lots of rooms and was built with stone, clay bricks and tiles. It had under-floor heating and running water – luxuries in Roman times. Some of the rooms had mosaics and decorated walls. The villa had a wonderful sea view across the English Channel to France.

What kind of people would have lived in a place like this?

Reconstruction image drawn by Drew Smith and Mikko Kriek.


Iron Age reconstruction (c) Smith Kriek ProductionsThis is a reconstruction of how Folkestone’s East Cliff may have looked in the Late Iron Age, before the Roman conquest of southern Britain in AD 43. The picture is based on evidence from excavations. There was at least one ‘round house’ and a very simple work shop on the cliff top where stone querns were made for grinding grain into flour. People would have used the querns locally and probably also sold or traded them. Walls of a ‘round house’ were made of wattle (woven branches) covered with daub (clay). The roof was a wooden frame probably covered with thatch. We don’t know if there were any openings for windows.

Archaeologists don’t find much evidence for these buildings. Why do you think this is?

What do you think it would be like to live in a house like this?

Reconstruction image drawn by Drew Smith and Mikko Kriek.


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