Excavation of the corridor mosaic at Catherine Street

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Excavation of the corridor mosaic at Catherine Street

Exeter Archaeology made new discoveries in 1988 at Catherine Street, when they found the best-preserved of all Exeter’s mosaic floors known so far. Given its fragile state it was lifted and carefully conserved in our museum.

The mosaic comes from a corridor flanking a range of rooms. The piece displayed contains about 13,000 cubes in just three colours - red (fired red clay tiles), white (Beer stone) and grey. At the centre of the design was a sequence of bold squares with knot patterns and woven mats which alternated with crosses containing twisted cords. Between them were simple triangles. Dating to the early 4th century AD, the mosaic is believed to have been made by a workshop based at Dorchester in Dorset, where similar mosaics have been found.

Acknowledgments: Exeter Archaeology