A stunning Roman mosaic featuring colourful flowers and geometric patterns has been discovered near the Shard, archaeologists have revealed.
The mosaic, which is the largest of its kind found in London for more than 50 years, was once the floor of a Roman dining room, according to the experts.
The dining room might have been part of a Roman ‘mansio’ – an upmarket ‘motel’ offering accommodation, stabling, and dining facilities for state couriers and officials travelling to and from London.
It was likely located on the outskirts of Roman Londinium, an area centred on the north bank of the Thames and roughly corresponding to the modern City of London.
Archaeologists from Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) made the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ discovery during excavations prior to…
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