London has not yet revealed all its secrets. Earlier this year, a colossal mosaic dated to ancient Rome was discovered under an old London car park being demolished, located on the right bank of the River Thames at the intersection of Southwark Street and Redcross Way. “It’s a really, really special find. It’s really amazing that it survived,” Sophie Jackson, of the Archaeological Museum of London, told CNN, noting that mosaics of this type were very rarely built in London. due to its large population. “It’s amazing to find a piece of mosaic in a definite room – we think it was a dining room. It’s in great condition, and really, really pretty, in fact.”

According to specialists, the mosaic discovered on the site of Landmark Court, under construction for several months to accommodate a cultural complex, shops and dwellings, would have paved the floor of the dining room of a large Roman villa during the 2nd or of the third century of the Christian era. This is decorated with “large and colorful flowers decorated with intertwining”, as well as several motifs, including a Solomon’s knot, a motif consisting of two closed loops, intertwined at right angles, very widely used on the works of ancient arts.

Unearthed coins and jewelry

Not far from the mosaic, archaeologists also discovered several pieces of walls as well as various objects. Very old coins, jewelry, decorated hairpins, a gaming counter and a curious pendant decorated with phallic motifs, indicating that the place was frequented by men, were found in particular underground. For now, it is unclear what the City of London will do with the mosaic. However, it should be exhibited in a museum.

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Lara T.
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