Rare Roman mosaic found on farm in ‘remarkable’ discovery

written by Sarah Spary, CNN

A rare Roman mosaic was unearthed on a British farm in a ‘cool’ find.

Historic England, a public body concerned with the country’s historical environment, said it was the first time the mosaic – found in Rutland, East Midlands – had been discovered in 1,600 years.

The Roman mosaic is the first of its kind found in the UK to depict the Greek hero Achilles’ battle with Hector during the Trojan War, and is part of a “handful” of examples found in Europe, Historic England said in a press release. Thursday.

Jim Irvine, the son of the landowner, discovered “unusual pottery” in a wheat field during the coronavirus lockdown in England last year and alerted local authorities.

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, along with Historic England and Rutland County Council, have excavated the site and discovered the mosaic that measures 11 meters by 7 meters (36 feet by 30 feet).

Archaeologists take notes while excavating the mosaic. attributed to him: England Historical Archive

The artwork forms the floor of what is believed to be the dining or entertainment area of ​​a large villa. The building was occupied in the late Roman period, between the third and fourth centuries AD.

The English historical historian said that the complex, now granted protected status, was probably owned by a wealthy person with knowledge of classical literature.

“The revelation of such a rare mosaic of this size, as well as the surrounding villa, is remarkable,” Duncan Wilson, CEO of Historic England, said in a press release.

“Discoveries like this are very important in helping us piece our shared history together. By protecting this site, we can continue to learn from it, and look forward to what future excavations may teach us about the people who lived there.”

The Roman villa is surrounded by other buildings from the period that were revealed during a geophysical survey.

These include barns, potential pigeon houses, and a number of boundary trenches.

The room is part of a large villa, the size of which is recorded here, and is believed to have been occupied between the third and fourth centuries AD.

The room is part of a large villa, the size of which is recorded here, and is believed to have been occupied between the third and fourth centuries AD. attributed to him: England Historical Archive

Human remains dating from the late Roman or early medieval period were found at the site, and were interred at the site after the mosaics.

The Historic England newspaper said the bodies were likely buried when the building was no longer inhabited, and that damage to the mosaics suggested the complex was being reused.

Britain has a rich Roman historical past.

Last month, archaeologists in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, southeast England, unearthed a group of “amazing” and rare Roman statues of a man, woman and child. A Roman hexagonal glass jug, presumably over 1,000 years old, was also discovered.
At a separate archaeological excavation in April, the remains of a complex of “higher standard” Roman buildings were uncovered during construction work on a new housing development in Scarborough, northern England.

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