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Brading Roman Villa

Archaeological site
    • Brading Villa is an unusual maritime Villa sited at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight. Situated in the English Channel, the island lies some 4 km offshore from the coast of central southern England. In Roman times the Villa lay close to the shore of a large natural harbour. This was later known as Brading Haven. By the year 1881 this harbour had been almost totally drained in order to create new farmland. The Villa lies at the foot of a chalk scarp and is surrounded by good quality farmland. The archaeology of the site shows that prehistoric people have been active here from at least 3000 BC. Flint tools of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods and scatters of Iron Age pottery tell of their past activities on the site. Today, the picturesque medieval town of Brading is the natural successor to the Villa community. Like the Romano-British settlement, the town once flourished on the strength of its maritime trade and an active stone-quarrying industry. In Roman times the stone exports included altars and milestones. With the harbour long drained, the principal industry is now local tourism.
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