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Massive Roman mosaic found in London, largest discovery in half a century

Archaeologists in London stumbled upon the largest Roman mosaic found in the city in more than half a century. The colourful mosaic is believed to have been part of the floor of a Roman dining room

The mosaic features colourful flowers and geometric patterns and is made of really small tiles. It consists of two decorated slabs and has elaborate motifs. The experts of the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) made the discovery during excavation work near the Shard in Southwark.

The archaeologists are calling it a “once in a lifetime” discovery which probably dates back to the late second or early third century AD. They believe that it must have been a part of a Roman mansio – an upmarket “motel.”

“It has been a privilege to work on such a large site where the Roman archaeology is largely undisturbed by later activity – when the first flashes of colour started to emerge through the soil everyone on site was very excited,” site supervisor, Antonietta Lerz told the Daily Mail.

The panels have elaborate designs such as lotus flowers, geometric elements in red, white and black. It even has a pattern called Solomon’s knot.

The discovery was made around a month ago near London Bridge. The experts believe that the mosaic must have been a part of a triclinium where people drank and ate and admired the beautiful floor.

According to a BBC report, the room or the building which housed the mosaic was located on the outskirts of Roman Londinium, an area near the north bank of the Thames.

The authorities have decided to carefully record and assess the mosaic before it is moved to some other place for conservation and preservation. It may also be displayed for the public some time in future.