Bancroft Villa 4th Century Roman Pavement
Heritage Tile conservation was commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council (Milton Keynes Archiology Unit) to mount the pavement for display purposes. It is currently displayed on the wall of the pedestrian arcade on the east side of Queens Court Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes.
One of four pavements, this high quality mosaic was found in 1978 during excavation of the Roman Villa at Bancroft, Milton Keynes. It formed the floor of a small room adjacent to the principal bath suite. The design, suggests that it was laid by craftsmen from Corinium (Cirencester, Gloucs) circa AD 330.
The images illustrate (a) attaching a lightweight backing & frame to mosaic back
(b) retouching the plaster lacuna (b) loading the mosaic at HTC workshop (c) & (d) the mosaic installed at Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.