Roman Mosaic On Display After 20 Years


A Roman mosaic  not seen in public for more than 20 years is to go on permanent display in Northamptonshire.


The mosaic once formed the centrepiece of one of  a Roman villa that was discovered by archaeologists at Stanwick Lakes in the 1980s.


The excavations of Stanwick Lakes in the Nene Valley were a collaboration between archaeology teams from Northamptonshire County Council and English Heritage and took place between 1984 and 1992, before the start of sand and gravel quarrying. At the time my parents were landlord and landlady of the village pub, The Duke of Wellington, and I visited frequently to see how the excavations were going. I am in the light coloured jacket.


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Archaeologists discovered evidence of human activity dating back over 6,000 years, but the most important find was the Roman villa. It would have been at the centre of a farm estate supplying food to the local towns and villages. The villa was lived in for more than 200 years, starting as a stone-aisled hall in the middle of the Third Century before being developed into a more prestigious home in the second half of the Fourth Century. A number of graves were also discovered.


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