AN EXCLUSIVE private Roman bath house which would have been owned and used by society’s elite has been discovered under a public park.
Archaeologists made the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ discovery, which is made up of three buildings, underneath Priory Park in Chichester.
The remains were first identified using ground penetrating radar equipment and the find was confirmed through a small dig of the area followed by an excavation.
The historians discovered two Roman townhouses, one of which had its own private bath house, believed to have been owned by someone of ‘great wealth and importance’.
James Kenny, Chichester District Council’s archaeologist, said: ‘What’s remarkable about this discovery is that it has survived over 1,000 years in an occupied city. This is because they are under a park that has never been built on.
‘It’s almost unique to see Roman remains survive in this type of setting and to be so complete.’