Beautifully Preserved Roman Fresco Discovered Under London Street
Quite the find in London’s Walthamstow neighborhood! from Hyperallergic.
Deer nibbling on fruit trees, blue-feathered birds, and a vine winding around a candelabra adorn an astonishingly well-preserved 1st-century Roman fresco that archaeologists have just discovered in London.
During an excavation for a new office development at 21 Lime Street, a team from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) found the millimeter-thin fresco nearly 20 feet below street level. Dating to the late 1st century AD, and the first decades of London, it’s one of the earliest surviving frescos from Roman Britain.