Roman villa mosaic from Stanwick Lakes goes on public display
|The Roman mosaic at Stanwick Lakes [Credit: BBC]|
Alyson Allfree, director of the Rockingham Forest Trust, which co-manages the reserve, said: "We are delighted that the mosaic has finally come home to the place where it was discovered.
"Persistence finally paid off."
Ms Allfree said it was impossible to put a price on the mosaic, which is 5ft (1.5m) high and 8ft (2.5m) wide.
|The excavations at Stanwick Lakes took place between 1984 and 1992 [Credit: BBC[|
The excavations of Stanwick Lakes in the Nene Valley were a collaboration between archaeology teams from Northamptonshire County Council and English Heritage and took place between 1984 and 1992, before the start of sand and gravel quarrying.
Archaeologists discovered evidence of human activity dating back over 6,000 years, but the most important find was the Roman villa.
It would have been at the centre of a farm estate supplying food to the local towns and villages.
|One of the most important finds was a substantial Roman villa [Credit: BBC[|
Andy Chapman, senior archaeologist for Northamptonshire Archaeology was part of the original team working on the dig in the 1980s.
"It's good to see it [the mosaic] back. Hopefully it'll bring even more visitors in to learn about the whole of the heritage of this valley, which runs for thousands of years."
Source: BBC News Website [November 22, 2013]