I am the Curator for Chedworth Roman Villa. Michael Wood’s TV series Legacy: A Search for the Origins of Civilisation (1992) first alerted me to the wonderful world of archaeology. Before I knew it I was studying archaeology at university. I worked as a curator at the Roman Legionary Museum at Caerleon, South Wales for ten years. I look after a range of historic sites for the National Trust, but my heart remains deep in Roman Britain.
The mosaic in the dining room sparks my imagination. I can see gods and spirits playing in the middle and mysterious figures from each season dancing in the corners.
Were guests to the villa impressed by the mosaic floors and underfloor heating, or the luxury flushing toilets?
Bathing was so intertwined with Roman daily life and culture the archaeological remains of its practice have been scarred into our landscape.
It is not always the extraordinary things that I seek out, but the everyday items that were thrown away. They can provide clues about who lived at Chedworth Roman Villa.
In this deep, wooded valley gods and spirits have waged a war to win attention and devotion. An octagonal pool built around a natural spring was the battlefield.
This is the oldest house cared for by the National Trust. People roamed its rooms nearly 2000 years ago. Incredibly the descendants of some of its occupants still live here. But they might not be who you think.