Archaeologists have found in England part of the mosaic with the oldest image of Jesus

(ORDO NEWS) — During excavations commissioned by the British Museum, archaeologists discovered in England the second part of an ancient Roman mosaic under an abandoned agricultural field.

This fragment belongs to a previously found group of early Christian mosaics from the 4th century AD. This is reported by Heritage Daily.

In 1963, a British blacksmith discovered a huge Roman mosaic pavement in the village of Hinton St. Mary in the south of the country.

This mosaic, with an almost perfectly preserved image of Jesus Christ, was considered the only one of its kind and one of the earliest images of Jesus. This year, the second part was found 9-13 meters from it.

It consists of black, white and red fragments, but the design of the mosaic has suffered greatly due to the agricultural work carried out here over the centuries.

Archaeologists have also discovered thousands of everyday items at the site: jewelry, coins, roof tiles and firebricks.

This site dates back to the fourth century AD, meaning the mosaic was laid out during the late Roman occupation of Britain.

It occupied two rooms connected by a small decorated threshold, and in the larger of the rooms there was a portrait bust of a man in a white pallium with two grenades on the sides.

The smaller room depicts Bellerophon, a hero from Christian mythology, slaying a fire-breathing Chimera.

Previously, this place was considered a dining room or a complex of villas, but now archaeologists are inclined to believe that this place served a religious function and was a shrine or an early Christian temple.

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