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Discover secrets of Kings Weston Roman Villa
Mosiac at Kings Weston Villa
The open days are a chance to hear from experts at the museum

A series of open days at Kings Weston Roman Villa in Lawrence Weston, Bristol, continues in July.

The events - which take place in July and September - will mark 1,600 years since the official end of Roman rule in Britain.

Activities during July's open day, on Saturday 17, will focus on Roman Gods and their historic relevance.

And on Saturday, September 11 (Doors Open Day) you will be able to find out all about Roman medicine.

Curators at the council-run museum will also give visitors an insight into what life may have been like at the villa in the last years of its occupation.

They will also explain some of the theories behind why the Romans left the villa, which was during the excavation of Lawrence Weston housing estate in 1947.

Pirate raids

"Early coin evidence suggests the villa was built towards the end of the third century AD," says Gail Boyle curator of Archaeology.

"The reason for its abandonment is unknown.

"There is some evidence for a fire in the west wing although the east wing appears to have been occupied for at least a short time after.

"The owner may have left because of raids: as Roman rule diminished there was an increase in pirate attacks around the coasts of Britain which resulted in the sacking of several villas in this area."

The museum at Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, is usually unmanned but open to the public (except Thursdays or Fridays). Access is via a key held at Blaise Castle Museum. A £5 deposit is required.

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