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  • Writer's pictureCaroline K. Mackenzie

Free online lecture on Lullingstone Roman Villa - Wednesday 16th Nov 7.30pm



On Wednesday 16th November at 7.30pm I shall be giving a free lecture for the University of Sussex Archaeological Society. The title of the talk is 'Culture and Society at Lullingstone Roman Villa' which was also the title of my first book published by Archaeopress in 2019.


I shall take you on a tour of Lullingstone Roman Villa (Kent), including the landscape, buildings, wall art and mosaics. The lecture will paint a picture of what life might have been like for the inhabitants of the villa in the late third and fourth centuries AD. The villa has an unusual amount of well-preserved evidence for its interior decoration and architecture, all of which suggests that the inhabitants used domestic space to assert their status and cultural identity.


In this lecture we shall explore the landscape setting and ask whether property location was as important a factor in the time of Roman Britain as it is today. We shall also investigate Lullingstone’s celebrated mosaics - why were these scenes chosen and what impact did they have on various visitors to the villa? Comparison with some contemporary Romano-British villas will allow us to assess whether Lullingstone is what we would expect, or whether it is exceptional.


For more information and to reserve a place, click here. I hope to see you there!

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