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The Chalk carvings of Wiltshire

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Downton Roman Mosaic to finally go on show

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The newly conserved Downton Roman Mosaic
 
Tristan Cork, writing for the Western Daily Press, reports on 13 April that the Downton Roman Mosaic, buried for 1,700 years under Wiltshire soil, will at last go on show at the Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire, England –
 
A Roman mosaic that laid unknown in a field in a Wiltshire village for almost 1,700 years before its discovery stunned locals 60 years ago, is finally being displayed. The Downton Mosaic was uncovered by surprised builders when new houses were built in the village near Salisbury in the early 1950s. The spot where it was found is believed to be part of a fourth century Roman villa.
 
 
The Downton Roman Mosaic when first discovered sixty years ago
 
Now the mosaic is being installed as the first exhibit in the new world-class Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at Salisbury Museum…

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Silbury Hill, Wiltshire England
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The largest man-made mound in Europe, mysterious Silbury Hill compares in height and volume to the roughly contemporary Egyptian pyramids. Probably completed in around 2400 BC, it apparently contains no burial. Though clearly important in itself, its purpose and significance remain unknown. There is no access to the hill itself.
 
Silbury Hill is part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In order to preserve this site for future generations, we ask that visitors observe the no entry signs and do not climb or damage fences in order to avoid considerable damage to the hill.
 
 

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