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  • Wroxeter on Channel 4 'Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day', a six part TV series airing every Thursday from 20 January to 24 February 2011 follows a team of modern builders as they set about building the town house using traditional Roman methods.
  • The builders have been aided in their quest by a manual on Roman building written by engineer Vitruvius 2000 years ago, and supervised by Professor Dai Morgan Evans, the project’s planner
  • The builders have had just six months to master the skills and complete the town house. The building process has helped shed new light on how incredible feats of ancient engineering were achieve, and the remarkable replica stands as testament to the energy and ingenuity that defined so much of the Roman era.
  • When the town house opens on Saturday 19 February, it will give visitors a fascinating insight into the construction techniques used in this period. The walls of one room have been left in a variety of stages of completion, so that visitors can see what lies beneath the rendering and fresco finishes. The design for the town house was inspired by an actual building excavated at the site and was created by Professor Dai Morgan Evans, visiting professor in archaeology at Chester University
  • Take a look at the builders' handiwork with Channel 4's virtual tour. Note that when the town house opens to visitors, it will be presented in its bare, undressed state, giving a greater insight into the ancient building techniques used for its construction.