Dead sheep dis­cov­ery

Somerset Life - - HERITAGE -

Vic­tor cre­ated sev­eral new draw­ings for the book, in­clud­ing this one, which por­trays the dis­cov­ery of the Low Ham mo­saic.

The book de­scribes how in

1937, when dig­ging a hole to bury a dead sheep, farmer Her­bert

Cook un­earthed a frag­ment of earth­en­ware tile. On a visit to the county mu­seum he showed it to the cu­ra­tor who iden­ti­fied it as part of a tile from a Ro­man cen­tral heat­ing sys­tem. The find was do­nated to the mu­seum and logged, but in 1945, an in­trigued 17-year-old called Lionel Wal­rond, who lived in nearby Pit­ney, con­tacted Her­bert and they dug an­other hole near to the sheep’s grave – dis­cov­er­ing more frag­ments. This led to an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig which un­cov­ered one of the most im­por­tant ro­man mo­saics ever found in Bri­tain. It was lifted in 1953 and is now in the Mu­seum of Som­er­set.

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