The future of the Lopen Villa Site
The protection of the mosaic is already in place; it was carefully
covered after the recording was completed. However, the finding
of the remains of this Romano-British villa and its beautiful mosaic
floor gave us an idea of the importance of this house, but very
little of the size of the building or the community it supported.
It is hoped that if money can be found further archaeological excavations
may be carried out.
Protection against future damage of
The County Council Archaeologists are required to check if any previously
known sites of archaeological importance are subject to planning
applications, to prevent unauthorised damage.
Countryside Stewardship Schemes can be appropriate to enable payment
to be made to compensate landowners for a 10 year period to use
the land in a way that will not damage an historic site.
Tarmac Finders Award
The landowners have had their actions in allowing this important
site to be excavated and recorded professionally has been recognised
nationally. George Caton on behalf of himself and Nigel Osborne,
went to Liverpool to receive the British Archaeological Award sponsored
by the Tarmac Group on 7th November 2002. The Tarmac Finders Award
is given for the best non-archaeologist who by chance discovers
archaeological remains and reports them to the appropriate authorities.