MOLA Northampton was commissioned by Wardell-Armstrong on behalf of Bela Partnerships to undertake a geophysical magnetometer survey and trial trenching on a major housing project at Priors Hall Park.

Geophysical survey identified important buried remains early in the project, allowing the developer to adjust their plans at a suitable juncture.

The initial survey identified areas of archaeological interest and trial excavation located a series of Roman stone walls. We carried out a resistance survey and identified a complex Roman winged-corridor villa. The discovery of this previously unknown Roman building at an early stage in the development enabled the layout of the village-style housing to be adjusted so that the new development did not impact on the villa.

Survey and Recording Roman Excavation