Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society

The Leslie Grinsell Memorial Lecture: The Mosaic and the Late Roman Villa at Hinton St. Mary Dorset: new excavations and insight

On Wednesday February 14, 2024
Dr. Peter Guest, Vianova Archaeology and Heritage Services

This talk will present the results of the recently-completed excavations at Hinton St Mary in Dorset, where the famous mosaic thought to depict Jesus Christ was found 60 years ago. Limited investigations conducted after the mosaic’s discovery proposed that the mosaic was probably part of a courtyard villa, the dominant villa plan of the late Roman period. The new fieldwork presents a rather different perspective and suggests that the ‘villa’s interpretation may need revising.