Monday, 7 May 2012


In AD 43 the Romans invaded Britain. A few years later, once we were tamed, and deals made with provincial kings in England, the Romans built some wonderful villas across the southern England. It is interesting to note that again the south was the focus of economic wealth as it is today.

Earlier in the month we went to see two wonderful villa sites; the first was Fishbourne Palace AD75-80 near Chichester in Sussex.  And, up the road a bit, is the village of Bignor nestling in the South Downs; here there is/was a magnificent settlement put up the 3rd Century AD.

These two places hold wonderful examples of tessellated mosaic floors; magnificent work, two thousand years old and still quite enchanting to look at.  

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