The 2018 excavations focused on clarifying the chronology and use of the complex by targeting the ancillary building, the potential eastern gateway and enclosure ditch. The ancillary building comprising several phases, with tessellated floor still partly in situ, evidence of Roman enclosure ditches, a later timber structure, and a metalled roadway.
In 2019 the focus turned to the Temple building itself. One trench explored the northwest corner of the ambulatory, the paved walkway enclosing the central shrine or cella, and a series of pits. A second trench, over the eastern part of the temple, revealed three walls just below the ploughsoil – relating to the internal cella, the ambulatory and an external portico. At least 2 phases of building were discovered an earlier, smaller temple with the later phase appearing to be one of the largest of its type in Roman Britain. The third trench revealed an ‘hollow-way’ filled with rubble, tiles, and clusters of loose tesserae from the temple building.
Further details on both excavations can be found in the Blog section and in the Interim Reports located in the Resources section.