Rare Roman mosaic discovered in the UK – dubbed the “most exciting discovery of the century” by archaeologists.


Rare Roman mosaic discovered in the UK – dubbed the “most exciting discovery of the century” by archaeologists.

The “most thrilling discovery of the century” in archaeology is the discovery of a rare Roman mosaic in the United Kingdom.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have made history by discovering the UK’s first mosaic of its kind in a field.

The rare piece was discovered beneath a farmer’s field in Rutland under the guidance of Historic England and has been safeguarded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

It’s the only one of its kind in the UK, and one of only a few in Europe, displaying breathtaking scenes from Homer’s The Iliad.

The ruins of the mosaic, which span 11 meters by almost 7 meters, depict a scene from the Greek hero Achilles’ story.

The artwork is thought to be a representation of the floor of a large dining or entertaining area.

The site, an extensive mansion complex that housed the magnificent mosaic, was first discovered by Jim Irvine, the landowner’s son.

Mr Irvine continued, “A stroll through the fields with the family turned into a wonderful find.”

“Finding some unique pottery among the wheat piqued my interest and led to some additional research.” Later, while looking at satellite photos, I noticed a clear crop mark, as if someone had scribbled on my computer screen with a piece of chalk.

“This was both the ‘oh wow’ moment and the beginning of the story.”

Following that, archaeologists from the University of Leicester worked with Historic England to investigate the site.

Thanks to Historic England’s efforts, ULAS has been able to secure funding to conduct urgent archaeological investigations at the site in August 2020.

Staff and students from the University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History excavated more of the site in September 2021.

Mosaics were used in both private and public buildings throughout the Roman Empire, and they frequently depicted historical and mythological figures.

On the other hand, this Rutland mosaic is unique in that it depicts Achilles and his battle with Hector at the end of the Trojan War.

The apartment is part of a large villa structure that was thought to have been occupied in the late Roman period, between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.

A geophysical survey and archaeological analysis revealed a number of other structures and features surrounding the villa, including aisled stables, circular structures, and a possible bath house.

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