New fieldwork at Hinton St Mary, Dorset: the mosaic in context

Dr Richard Hobbs and Dr Peter Guest
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE



This talk will present the results of three seasons of fieldwork at the site of the discovery of the Hinton St Mary mosaic, uncovered by chance 60 years ago behind the blacksmith’s forge. Limited excavations conducted after the mosaic was discovered 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’ interpretation may need revising.