Roman mosaic pavement unearthed in Leicester

The mosaic Credit: University of Leicester

Archaeologists at the University of Leicester have discovered a Roman mosaic on a large site in the city centre, providing more evidence of the city's Roman history.

Apartment are currently being built on the site, so the team from University of Leicester Archaeological Services are working with architects to minimise the impact of the building on the underlying remains.

The area being excavated covers almost two thirds of a Roman city block, meaning that staff can investigate what life was like in Roman times.

So far a Roman street and three Roman buildings have been identified as part of the exploration.

“The mosaic is fantastic, it’s been a long time since we’ve found a large, well-preserved mosaic in Leicester. Stylistically, we believe it dates to the early fourth century AD. It would have originally been in a square room in the house. It has a thick border of red tiles surrounding a central square of grey tiles. Picked out in red in the grey square are several decorations, including a geometric border, foliage and a central hexafoil cross."

Mathew Morris, site director for ULAS