Archaeologists in London have discovered a mosaic of Roman Empire era design. It has stunning geometric patterns with colorful flowers. It is being told that it must have been part of the dining room of a hotel. 

There are many such secrets in the world, which are yet to be revealed. However, scientists and archaeologists work day and night to find the secret buried in the world. A similarly designed floor (mosaic) from the era of the Roman Empire has been discovered by archaeologists. It has stunning patterns made with colorful flowers.

Biggest discovery in last 50 years

According to experts, this mosaic found in London is the largest of its kind during the last 50 years. It is being told that this may have once been the floor of the Roman Dining Room (Mancio). At that time a mansio was a type of hotel that provided accommodation, stables and food for people traveling to and from London.

The mosaic was made for the hotel

Experts say that this mansio was probably located on the outskirts of Roman Londinium, an area centered on the north bank of the River Thames and similar to the modern city of London. The discovery was made by archaeologists at the London Archaeological Museum (MOLA) during excavations prior to the construction of a new cultural quarter. However, this place has been kept away from the general public for now. In this regard, experts have created an interactive 3D model, which gives a lot of information about Mosaic. Experts say the discovery will be carefully recorded and analyzed by an expert team of conservators. This mosaic will be taken to some other place, where conservation work can be done on it.

2 panels found in mosaic

MOLA site supervisor Antonietta Lerge said that this is the biggest discovery ever made in London. It has been a privilege to work on such a large site, when during excavations this Roman-era design began to emerge from the soil. At that time everyone present on the site became very excited. The whole mosaic is made up of 2 decorated panels. One of them is large, while the other is slightly smaller. However, both are not complete.

pattern made in mosaic

Both are made of small and colorful tiles, which are built in a red ‘tessellated’ floor. The largest panel shows large and colorful flowers, surrounded by a band of intertwined threads. There are lotus flowers and many types of sketches in it. It also includes a pattern known as Solomon’s knot.

Acanthus Group prepared Mosaic

Former archaeologist Dr. David Neal and leading expert on Roman mosaic say that this design has been prepared by ‘Acanthus Group’. It was a team of mosaicists working in London who wanted to develop their own unique local style here. One such mosaic has been found in Trier, Germany. This shows that the mosaicists were working in both places. From the two mosaic panels found in the discovery, a large room was formed, which could be called the dining room. It was called ‘Triclinium’ in Roman language.

People used to enjoy eating and drinking

In this, there were sofas in the dining hall, where people enjoyed eating and drinking and looked at the beautiful floor. Pieces of plaster of colored walls have been found at the site, which shows that the walls of this room were painted brightly. It is being told that the largest mosaic panel can be between the second century and the third century. At the same time, this room was used for a long time. Let us tell you that an old mosaic mark has been identified under the discovered mosaic. This shows that the room was remodeled.

officials used to

At the same time, looking at the size and grand decoration of this dining room, it is believed that only high officials and their guests would use this space. Current findings suggest that it was a very large complex, with many rooms and corridors surrounding a central hall. It was built across the river that led into the city and was not far from the main road connecting London to other important centers in south-east Britain, including the cross-channel ports of Canterbury and Dover.

The people of that era were very rich

The building thus provided a link of transport for visiting dignitaries. Wall paintings, terrazzo-style and mosaic floors, coins, jewelery and decorated bone hairpin traces testify to the richness of the people who lived in the area 2,000 years ago. 

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