One of London’s newest landmarks, a glass skyscraper known as the Shard, evidently shares space with one the city’s oldest hidden treasures: a nearly preserved 2,000-year-old Roman mosaic that was recently uncovered. Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) made the discovery earlier this month during an excavation of the site in preparation of building work. The team believe the well-preserved mosaic adorned the floors of a Roman dining room.
The mosaic consists of two panels, with the larger likely dating to the late 2nd or early 3rd century CE. The panel is decorated with “large, colorful flowers surrounded by bands of intertwining strands” and Solomon’s knots, a common motif in ancient Roman mosaics often represented as two looped ovals. The smaller panel also is decorated with knots, as well as “stylized flowers,” the press release said.