|Found locally, this mosaic floor design is in very good condition. The house it was in evidentally had no under floor heating, as there is scorching from a brazier which stood on it. The damaged patch on the far side is where a tree had grown through the buried mosaic. The twisted rope border design is called "guilloche".|
The mosaics were made using brick, terracotta and stone such as Purbeck stone. This sea creature is probably a stylized dolphin. The design is simple but effective. The mosaic below has an unusual feature - repeated black lines tapering to fill a space are not often seen in Roman patterns.
Roman mosaic at Verulamium
Roman design in Purbeck House
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