Rare Roman-era mosaic paintings have been unearthed from the ground of a farm in England, England. People concerned say the painting on the mosaic is at least 1,600 years old. This is the first time it has been unveiled. The first such mosaic painting was found in Rutland in the East Midlands.
CNN reports that this is the first Roman-era mosaic found in Britain to depict the battle of the Greek hero Achilles with Hector during the Trojan War.
Historic England, an organization that works with archeology in England, said in a press release on Thursday local time that this is a small part of the examples found in Europe at that time.
Jim Irwin, the landowner’s son, saw an “unusual pottery” in a gutter during a lockdown in England last year due to a coronavirus. He later brought the matter to the notice of the local authorities.
Archaeologists from the University of Leicester in England, as well as the Historic England and Rutland County Council, have been involved in excavating the site. The mosaic image found is 11 meters long and 8 meters wide (36 feet by 30 feet).
Presumably, the painting was used on the floor of a large villa, a dining or recreation area. The villa dates to the late Roman period, between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.
Historic England says the place is now protected. It was probably owned by a wealthy man with knowledge of classical literature.
Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said in a press release that finding a rare mosaic of this size at the same time as unveiling a nearby villa was a wonderful experience.