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Roman mosaics in Dorchester

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Roman mosaic floor

The Durngate Street mosaic is a large geometric pavement. It has extensive use of interwoven guilloche. In the corners of the central area there are urns which have snakes and foliage in or around them (see details below).

The mosaic also has the highly unusual feature of a signature or trademark. It takes the form of a motif inserted into one of the triangles inside the main circle. Use the small picture here to help you find it, and see the detailed photo below.



The signature or trademark on the Durngate Street mosaic. Roman mosaicists and designers tended to be uncredited and so remain anonymous.

trademark in Mosaic

Romaan mosaic urn


One of the urns with snakes, with a detail of the snake's head below.


Detail of a serpent's head (right) and knot motifs in guilloche (below).

mosaic snake head

mosaic knot pattern



sea god mosaic

sea god mosaic (2)

Durngate Street mosaic

Olga Road mosaic

the Roman townhouse, Dorchester

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