Monday, July 23, 2012

Work begins to uncover Roman mosaics at Chedworth villa

Archaeologists have begun to excavate a mosaic beneath a corridor at Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire.
At 35m (115ft) long, it is considered to be one of the longest in-situ corridor mosaics in the country. Visitors to the villa near Cirencester are able to watch archaeologists at work from suspended walkways which have been installed overlooking the mosaics.

National Trust archaeologist Martin Papworth said: "Hopefully we'll find some exciting things."

Victorian archaeologists uncovered and then reburied the mosaics about 150 years ago. Mr Papworth said his team were keen to see what lies beneath the soil.
He said: "We've lifted the old tarmac path that used to run along here when it was all outdoors and we're gradually working back through the 150 different layers worth of soil and we're excited by the bottom of it where we'll find this pattern mosaic."