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Great Staughton and its people by Anthony Withers, Chapter 3

2000 Years of English History.

This book is about the remarkable people from this modest Huntingdonshire village who, over thepast two millennia of England’s history, exercised power and influence both locally and on the national stage. The book gives a detailed biography of each of these characters, setting their lives in the wider context of English history from the time of the Romans to the present day.

An introduction to Chapter 3

Chapter 3: A Roman mansio? might well be subtitled: ‘What did the Romans ever do for Great Staughton’? It was archaeology that first put Great Staughton on the map, literally, when, in 1958 and 1959, a grand Roman villa was excavated on the prehistoric barrow one mile south of the Highway. Who built it and why? The chapter draws on the official report of the excavation to try and answer these questions. The report paints a vivid picture of what life was like in this tiny corner of the mighty Roman empire two millennia ago. The astonishing finds that were uncovered demonstrated the extent and power of the Roman empire, with coins and pottery from France (Gaul), Germany, and the Balkans.


I omitted the Bibliography for Chapters 1 and 2, so I have included them all at the end of the present chapter.

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