Is this another Roman villa? Key Question 4 part 2

For this lesson pupils are in role as experts to help Tony Robinson’s Time Team.  He has seen aerial photographs that suggest there might be a villa nearby but none have ever been found there before.  He wants to know what to look for to prove it is a villa. Unfortunately, his expert is sick so he has asked the class to help!  Using a colourful painting, a series of weblinks and library books, pupils work in Time Teams, against the clock, to come up with ideas of what might have survived from a Roman villa – a great thinking skills activity.  After watching a short film they then have to design an I-spy page of four finds to look for in most Roman villas.

Learning objectives

  • Pupils use their knowledge of Roman villas to speculate as to what finds might have been found in the Roman villa;
  • think creatively about what objects from a Roman villa would have lasted 2000 years;
  • cross-reference ideas between books and TV excerpt;
  • learn to work collaboratively under time pressure.


Project slide 2 which sets up the mystery.  In late July 2010 an archaeological dig began in North West Wales.  An aerial photograph

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