This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of one of the most spectacular finds of recent years. Divided into three sections, the first conveys the thrill, through text and photographs, that the local community felt at the discovery of the most exciting mosaic for the last 50 years. Three of their volunteers were expert photographers – this is evident in their excellent images.
In 2017, part of a 1,700-year-old mosaic richly decorated with scenes from Classical mythology was excavated during a community project at Boxford, Berkshire. Two years on, its entire surface has been revealed. Anthony Beeson explores the stories behind its sophisticated motifs.
Our cover feature takes us inside a well-appointed Roman villa in Dorset. There we find many of the sumptuous, if occasionally garish, decorative touches favoured by the elites in Roman Britain. Alongside the mosaics, painted wall plaster, and showy roofing are more intimate details. One mosaic had to be patched after it was worn down, […]
PRESS RELEASE: Canterbury Archaeological Trust wins prestigious award as Rescue Dig of the Year following a record number of votes from the general public
Top honours for Rescue Dig of the Year at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards went to Canterbury Archaeological Trust for their work at Folkestone Roman villa. First examined in 1924, coastal erosion prompted a re-examination of the site before it was lost forever. This revealed that the villa overlay a major Iron Age port of […]