Lufton Villa excavations reveal new details about famous fish mosaic

by Dave Sadler

A two-week excavation of a Roman villa by a team of Newcastle University students has uncovered new details about its famous octagonal fish mosaic.

The dig at the fourth century site in Lufton, Somerset, has investigated a part of the mosaic that was damaged in antiquity. First excavated by Leonard Hayward Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) in the late 1940s, it was thought to depict twenty nine fish. However, the latest excavation has demonstrated that not only are the details of one of the fish incorrectly recorded, but that the tip of a thirtieth fish survives.

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