Week 12

Our mosaic season has come to an end. It’s a bit cold in the villa now, for mosaicists as well as the mortar. We will recommence some time in the new year, probably around April.

Following a ‘big push’ in the final week, the mosaic was taken to a remarkable stage of completion. The entire 4-strand guilloche is finished and the hole in the centre (where we had the bolt for our compass to lay out the circular designs) filled in during the remaining hours of Friday 28th September… just in time for the evening’s celebration. Determined probably doesn’t quite describe the attitude of the individuals involved… manic might get closer! Whatever you call it, it was a fantastic effort, which summarizes the entire project to date.

That evening’s activities were accompanied by some nibbles and drinks, a mosaic cake and, inevitably of course, a few Romans. The mosaic itself was ceremonially unveiled by Sue and Centurion Trevi, seconded for the evening to the Butser IX Legion.

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Many of the team assembled on Friday, September 28th, to celebrate the fantastically successful 2018 ‘mosaic season’.

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The commemorative mosaic cake

Finally, a huge thank you to all our mosaicists, to Butser Ancient Farm staff, Lawrence Payne for his advice and help, Winchester Museum for letting us crawl all over the original, Fishbourne Roman Palace and Bignor Roman Villa for their support, Liss Archaeology for their support and the loan of some members ;-), and to South Downs National Park for their financial support.

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