An archaeological dig at Chedworth Roman Villa – one of a group of particularly luxurious villas in the Cirencester area – has unearthed a mosaic floor which is helping change the way historians view Britain following the end of the 400-year Roman occupation.
An economic crash at the end of the 4th century saw the Romans withdraw from Britain and it had been thought that the country went into a rapid decline towards subsistence farming. Radiocarbon dating of the mosaic, however, place it around 50 years after the Romans left, indicating that the villa was still occupied and craftsmen were still in demand to lay intricate mosaic flooring. The mosaic has now been re-buried to protect it from the elements.
While being buried under a thick layer of mud might be the best place for a post-Roman mosaic, they’re certainly not ideal conditions for the majority of heritage artefacts.
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Picture credit: Stephen Haywood/National Trust