A new Channel 4 series starting this week aims to find out if modern day builders can reconstruct an entire Roman villa using only tools and materials from AD 320.
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day brings together six craftsmen from all over the UK to experience what it would have been like to build a villa in ancient times - and they have just six months to complete it for English Heritage.
Challenged to build a villa using only the most basic tools, materials and construction methods, the project sees the men working from scratch, including chopping down trees to make the frame of the villa, creating their own mortar and creating intricate mosaic floors... as well inspecting sheep entrails to see if the gods would approve.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1345586/Rome-wasnt-built-day-Channel-4-series-build-Roman-villa-using-ancient-methods.html#ixzz1Al4sf9f9
Coming soon to Channel 4 - Thursday 20th January 2011 at 9pm.
More details and to watch on 4OD after the transmission date click here