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Bignor, Fishbourne and the Roman sites of Chichester

Villas were one of the major features of the Romano-British landscape and remain a constant source of fascination and debate. Questions remain about whether they were latifundia or great houses and whether their owners were Roman British or whether they were absentees. More importantly, perhaps, the place of these establishments in the life of Roman Britain is still uncertain. This tour explores some of these complexities by visiting Fishbourne and Bignor in Sussex, two very different examples of Romano-British villas. The great palace at Fishbourne was founded very early on and contains rich mosaics and decoration, before being abandoned after a fire in the 3rd century AD. Here we will look at the site and its mosaics, considering the competing theories put forward to explain this remarkable and elaborate complex, which would not be out of place in Italy. In contrast, Bignor Villa has a more typical development, beginning as a small farming establishment and growing into a great courtyard villa with elaborate mosaics by the 4th century AD, before being quietly abandoned sometime thereafter, going out with a whimper rather than a bang.

Tour highlights:

  • Enjoy a privileged, behind the scenes access to Fishbourne Roman Villa
  • Visit the wonderful Novium Museum which preserves the Roman Baths in Chichester
  • Admire the stunning mosaics of the Roman Villa at Bignor

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Deposit: $500 Single supplement: $315

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Dr David Rudling

Andante Guide Lecturer

Dr David Rudling is the Academic Director of the Sussex School of Archaeology. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

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Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
28 June 2023 ASRS230628 28 June 2023 (Wednesday) 30 June 2023 (Friday) Dr David Rudling $1,185
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2 August 2023 ASRS230802 2 August 2023 (Wednesday) 4 August 2023 (Friday) Dr David Rudling $1,185
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