At the beginning of the day Matt set the diggers a task of removing the last of the debris from the mosaic…… the time of the morning break! It focussed minds and all heads were down and working hard.

But we did it!

Next it was down to fine brushing in preparation for several sponge downs!

In the meanwhile, Alex had found a metal stash in the mosaic room wall – who put it there? Was this at the end of the Roman era, from someone using a derelict villa to hide it, in a chaotic cashless society when bartering would have been important?

Hook or earring? Made of copper so possibly the latter.

This tool was also found but is it Roman? Possibly Victorian left by the farmer putting in the land drain.

A message across the centuries – one that we still have to decipher!

Photos today from Richard and Chris