In a feature article for Current Archaeology, Matthew Symonds discusses recent discoveries at Longforth Farm with Bob Davis of Wessex Archaeology. Longforth Farm is a huge medieval complex near Wellington, England. (photos, map)
The opulent complex puzzles archaeologists who ponder why it was built and, more importantly, why it disappeared. Workers at the site have found a few scattered floor tiles, gaudily decorated roof tiles, and the outline of the massive structure, situated around a central courtyard, but no major architectural elements, leading them to believe that they were dismantled and removed.
The site is scheduled to be re-buried beneath a pond to make way for development of the land.