Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Sunday, 13 December 2020

More about the Chedworth mosaic

Further to my previous post about the dating of the recently discovered mosaic at the villa at Chedworth The Guardian has an article about the excavation and gives the carbon dating of the walls of the building as being in the period 424-544. This also offers more insights in the way of interpretation of the discovery. The article - whose title encapsulates the time of transition it records - be seen at Stunning dark ages mosaic found at Roman villa in Cotswolds | Roman Britain

The National Trust, who own the site, also has an online report about the mosaic and its dating which again seeks to place the findings in the context of our understanding of late and post Roman Britain. Their report, which includes a video link, can be seen at Britain's first known 5th century mosaic found at Chedworth Roman Villa

Medievalists.net also has a good article about the discovery and which again explores the historical context in an informative and constructive way. It can be seen at Fifth-century mosaic discovered in England

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