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January 03, 2005


Recent archaeological finds in Bath suggest the "luxury housing estate and out-of-town shopping centre may need to be added to the long list of what the Romans did for Britain."

Excavations in Bath reveal that at least half a dozen elegant homes existed near each other and within easy reach of leisure areas. One villa was found while sprinkler pipes were being laid across a golf course. A second villa with mosaic floors was found a few hundred feet away.

David Musgrove, the editor of the BBC's History magazine, which reports the discovery in its January issue, said: "Bath was as much of a property hot spot then as it is now. The evidence suggests that Romano-Britons developed luxury, des res housing on the edge of the centre."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 3, 2005 11:01 AM

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Good thing for the Romans - before them, the Britanni were painting their arses blue and sacrificing their kids to brutish gods. Who knows what could have come of things...

Posted by: Trite R. at January 3, 2005 03:49 PM

You know, I've always wanted to go to Bath, but I think I would be disappointed if I were not met at the train by some friendly guide proffering a robe, a rubber duckie, and an armload of towels. Then I'd be led off to a lovely giant bathtub all my own, full of hot water and bubbles.

I think you have to go to Japan for that.

Posted by: Rex at January 4, 2005 05:57 PM