The Bedale by-pass road construction project has revealed the site of an extensive Roman Villa which may well be the most significant to be found in Northern Britain. Preliminary evaluation work failed to establish the full extent of the villa and consequently a major part of the villa is under threat because the project has not included plans and funding to excavate and record all of what is clearly a very important site.
A Press Release has just been authorised and some of you may have seen a couple of minutes feature on BBC Look North on Tuesday 24th March 2015.
By clicking on the links below you can read about what has been revealed so far. If you have a view as to what should be done next, use the Comment link on this page. I know this is happening in North and not West Yorkshire but this find is of national importance to our understanding of Roman Britain.