West Coker Villa
Excavations at West Coker have uncovered the site of a Roman villa; foundations, tesserae, painted wall plaster, pottery, a figurine of Mars and Iron Age horse trappings and a brooch were recovered. It was occupied 3rd-4th centuries AD.
There is a single inscription listed in Vol.I of the R.I.B. for West Coker, a dedicatory ansate plate to the god Mars Rigisamos, a conflation of the Roman god of war and one of his Native equivalents (vide RIB 187 infra), which was in former times affixed to the wall of a temple or upon an altar or pedestal dedicated to the god.
RIB187 - Dedication to Mars Rigisamus
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References for West Coker
- Historical Map and Guide – Roman Britain by the Ordnance Survey (3rd, 4th & 5th eds., 1956, 1994 & 2001);
- The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965).
- Villa at West Coker (MONUMENT NO. 196297)