In the English county of Rutlandshire, archaeologists have made a unique discovery - a Roman villa. She is decorated
Villa was accidentally found by Jim Irwin, sonlandowner Brian Naylor. He made the discovery after accidentally spotting "unusual pottery" while walking and contacted an archaeological team at Leicestershire County Council. After the territory of the farm was studied by scientists from the University of Leicester. Experts from the Historical England Center, which funded the urgent excavation, described the mosaic as "one of the most significant finds in Britain."
Now the mosaic and the surrounding complex of villasProtected as a listed building by the Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS). It is believed that a wealthy man of the late Roman period lived in this complex.
In general, mosaics were regularly used inprivate and public buildings throughout the Roman Empire, and they frequently featured famous characters from mythology. However, the find is considered unique to Britain as it depicts Achilles and his battle with Hector at the end of the Trojan War. “It is wonderful to discover such a rare mosaic of this size, as well as the surrounding villa,” said Duncan Wilson, executive director of Historic England.
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