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Sep 27, 2017

Mosaic found at Boxford

A stunning roman mosaic was discovered recently in Berkshire.

A stunning Roman mosaic floor has been partly uncovered during a National Lottery funded community archaeological dig.  The figurative mosaic is packed with mythical characters and beasts based on Greek legend. Mosaic experts have visited the site and were unequivocal in their excitement and delight.  Anthony Beeson, one of the experts, said that “This is without question the most exciting mosaic discovery made in Britain in the last fifty years and must take a premier place amongst those Romano-British works of art that have come down to modern Britons.”

Luigi Thompson, known for his paintings of mosaics said, “If I had the choice of only doing one painting in my career, it would be this one. It is the most delightful, lively and charming pavement I have ever seen. It causes me to imagine, with pleasure, the villa owner entertaining his guests with his knowledge of classical mythology.” 

The excavation near Boxford in Berkshire was the last in a three-year project funded by a National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to investigate three Roman sites in the area. It was a joint project between the Boxford History Project and the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group; Cotswold Archaeology provided the professional supervision of the excavations.  The project has also been supported by the North Wessex Downs AONB Sustainable Development Fund. Volunteers were drawn from the local area and this year totalled over 50, many with no previous experience of archaeology. Around 20 members from local archaeological groups also volunteered.


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