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Badbury Rings, Dorset, England

Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort in east Dorset, England. It was in the territory of the Durotriges. In the Roman era a temple was located immediately west of the fort, and there was a Romano-British town known as Vindocladia a short distance to the south-west.  Five Roman roads formed a complex junction on the north side of the fort.

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On a more serious dig related note, yesterday was the last day of excavation, and Freya, Tom and I discovered this Roman column, embedded deep in the top contexts of a Roman pit. We thought it was a capital at first, but the top of it is completely flat, so it may be the bottom (so it’s essentially upside down).

This find confirmed the theory that the Roman building that has been being excavated on site is indeed a Roman villa.