Archaeologists Find a Stunning Roman Mosaic in London

The largest to be found in the British capital in nearly 50 years.

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From brim to brim, London is filled with historical landmarks that draws in visitors from around the world. A new discovery, however, has been found just under the surface near one of the capital city’s most centrally located areas.

Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) recently unearthed a 1,800-year-old Roman mosaic that is believed to have once served as the floor for a lavish dining room. Located just near the Shard, London’s tallest building, the Roman mosaic is the largest to be discovered in the city in nearly 50 years.

Impeccably in-tact, experts are hailing it as “a once-in-a-lifetime find in London.” Emblematic of the ornate tile fixtures found across the Roman Empire, from Naples to Avignon, the mosaic in the British capital comprises largely of a terracotta border with slate blue and white geometric patterns running throughout.

Dating back to the early 2nd or 3rd Century, the mosaic is believed to be part of a large roadside resting area, known in the time as a ‘mansio.’ The Roman Empire ruled over Britain for over 350 years.

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