Roman Experiments

Our primary Roman structure is the Sparsholt villa, which was built in 2002 as part of a documentary funded by the Discovery Channel. We have recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to renovate the villa – more information can be found here. 

The villa is based on excavations from Sparsholt near Winchester. It includes a working hypocaust (underfloor heating) and a fireplace with chimney. Outside the villa you can also find a Roman onager, which is a giant catapult named after the Greek word for donkey, due to its kick.

The farm acts as HQ for our own Roman re-enactment group, the Butser IX Legion. They endeavour to explore Roman life using archaeological and written evidence, in order to feel, see, smell, touch and even taste the things that Romans would have experienced for the 367 years that they lived in Britain. They are always happy to welcome new members! More info here.

The Roman villa

The Roman villa