“Once-in-a-Lifetime” Roman Mosaic Discovered in London

Archeologists from the Museum of London Archeology recently uncovered the largest Roman mosaic found in the British capital in half a century. Located on a new development in Southwark (that is outside the bounds of what is believed to be Roman Londinium), the mosaic comes from a decorative dining room floor, dating around the late 2nd or early 3rd century AD. Replete with intricate, colorful tiles and geometric designs, the artwork was found alongside jewelry, lavishly painted walls and terrazzo-style floors, suggesting the mosaic stems from a mansio, a roadside resting place for Roman officials. Archeologists also believe a hidden mosaic could lie underneath the first. As the site’s supervisor Antonietta Lerz puts it, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime find in London.” Learn more about it at The Art Newspaper.

Image courtesy of MOLA / Andy Chopping