The remains of what is thought to be a Roman villa have been discovered by archaeologists at the Otterpool Park site. The team uncovered the remains last week and are now carefully exploring the area. Archaeological works at Otterpool are currently on-going and are still at an early stage. It is probable a Roman villa has been identified. The archaeological works are presently seeking to provide more information on the character, extent and significance of the probable villa; this information will be used to inform decisions relating to its future management. Such future management options might include formal designation (scheduling), but further assessment is still required it is understood.
Further archaeological works are proposed as part of the Otterpool Park development using a combination of intrusive and non-intrusive measures and we are currently discussing options for more investigations in various locations across the wider site. We, the Shepwayvox Team understand a more informative press release is to be prepared in due course once the archaeologists have finished on-site. Ultimately the archaeologists working on the scheme will prepare a detailed report on the findings which will be made publicly available.
The Shepwayvox Team