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Iliad mosaic found in Rutland field is first of its kind in the UK

Added 11-25-21 02:36:02am EST - “The artwork, which is the first known example in the UK, was unearthed by Jim Irvine when he was out walking in a field, in the East Midlands, owned by his father Brian Naylor.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Iliad mosaic found in Rutland field is first of its kind in the UK”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A 1,500-year-old mosaic depiction of Homer's Iliad which was found by a walker in a farmer's field has been described by experts as the 'most exciting' Roman discovery of its kind in the UK in the last 100 years.

The artwork, which is the first known example in the UK, was unearthed on private land in Rutland, East Midlands.

Whilst the initial discovery was made by the son of landowner Brian Naylor when he was out walking during the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020, experts from the University of Leicester were only able to fully examine the site in September. 

Today, the experts are able to reveal the results of their excavation and research. In an indication of the significance of the find, the site has also just been named as a scheduled monument by the Government, meaning it is legally protected from future treasure hunters. 

The remains of the mosaic, which measures approximately 31 feet by 21 feet, are the first in the UK and one of only a handful in the world to depict the Ancient Greek poet Homer's story about hero Achilles and his battle with Hector at the conclusion of the Trojan War.

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