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Roman Dover -- The Painted House.
by Brian Philp.

The most spectacular Roman building found during the extensive campaign of excavation at Dover was the, now-famous, 'Painted House' uncovered on the north side of Market Street. There we found a set of three large rooms Which had clearly formed part of a much larger structure (see plan). The walls yet survived to a maximum height of nine feet and beneath the fine red concrete floors was the intact heating system (hypocaust), fed from two large heating-arches. Even two doorways were largely intact. The walls of two of the rooms were totally covered by brilliantly coloured painted-plaster so far unparalled in Roman Britain. It is hoped that the main summer excavation of 1972 will reveal the plan and function of this building and perhaps disclose much more of the lavish internal decoration.
GRAPHIC: Plan of the Painted House at Dover.

Plan of the Painted House at Dover.

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