Amateur archaeologists unearth rare Roman mosaic hailed as 'best seen in decades'
A well-preserved Roman mosaic, described as the “most exciting” discovery in decades, has been uncovered in Berkshire by a local community archaeology dig.
The mosaic, dated from around 4th century AD, features Bellerophon, a Greek hero, riding the winged horse Pegasus. The panel shows a scene where they attack the fire-breathing monster Chimera. As a reward for killing the beast which had a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail, Pegasus was offered the King Iobates’ daughter, Philonoe.
Joy Appleton from the Boxford History Project told The Independent: “I was stunned. It’s an amazing mosaic with so many figures. There is every Greek mythical figure found on a British site. The owner of the Roman villa in which the mosaic was found, [clearly] wanted to display his knowledge as there are so many characters and beasts from Greek mythology.” Read more.