A Roman mosaic, unique in Great Britain, which shows one of the most famous battles of the Trojan War, was discovered after archaeologists conducted research on the location of a Roman villa.
The work of art was discovered during the excavation of a complex complex of villas composed of many structures and other buildings, which date from the third or fourth century of the new era, the History of England Society announced. The find is so rare and important that the site is officially protected as a monument.
The mosaic depicts a scene from Homer’s Iliad, the epic battle of Achilles and the Trojan hero Hector. It is one of the few such mosaics in Europe. The complex was probably inhabited by a rich person from the late Roman period.
Duncan Wilson, the company’s executive director, described the invention as “extraordinary”, and the location in Rutland was discovered by Jim Irwin, whose father Brian Naylor owns the land. Irwin then informed the authorities, which led to the excavation.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a mosaic, measuring 11 by almost seven meters. The mosaic is unique in the United Kingdom in that it depicts two ancient heroes, Achilles and Hector, and their battle that ended with Hector’s death.
Archaeologist John Thomas said it was the most exciting discovery of a Roman mosaic in Britain in the past hundred years and a very well-preserved example of a villa as a whole. He added that the person who ordered the artwork obviously had the knowledge of the classics and the money to order such work.
Fire damage and cracks in the mosaic suggest later re-use of the site as it ceased to be used as a villa.
Human remains were also discovered in the ruins that covered the mosaic and are believed to have been buried since the building was no longer used. The age of the human remains, younger than the mosaics, is currently unknown, but archaeologists assume that the villa changed its purpose in the late Roman or early medieval period.
Evidence gathered from the site will be analyzed by the greatest British expert in mosaic research, David Neal.
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