Roman mosaic returns to Stanwick Lakes

The Roman mosaic at Stanwick Lakes
The Roman mosaic at Stanwick Lakes

A Roman floor mosaic has returned to Stanwick Lakes after being excavated from the site more than 20 years ago.

Many people from the area were involved in unearthing an array of treasures, including Neolithic monumental mounds, a Saxon water mill and the Roman villa in which the mosaics were found.

The excavations of Stanwick Lakes were a joint effort between archaeology teams from Northamptonshire County Council and English Heritage and took place in the 1980s, prior to the start of sand and gravel quarrying.

Thanks to funding from Northamptonshire County Council, the mosaic has been cleaned and conserved, and will now go on permanent display at Stanwick Lakes Visitor Centre.

The mosaic was unveiled on Thursday (November 21) to invited guests including families, funders and councillors and some of the archaeologists who originally excavated the mosaic.

Visitors were also able to meet the Roman Villa owner and his wife.

Rockingham Forest Trust director, Alyson Allfree, said: “We are delighted that the mosaic has finally come home to the place where it was discovered.

“It will provide a wonderful boost to the trust’s heritage work, and will form the cornerstone of Roman-themed activities for the local community and schools for years to come.”

The Roman mosaic will be on display on the mezzanine floor of the Stanwick Lakes visitor centre, which is open every day of the year except Christmas day.

For more information about Stanwick Lakes call 01933 625522 or visit www.stanwicklakes.org.uk.