The Berryfield Mosaic

At the heart of the Firstsite building is the Berryfield Mosaic, a Roman artefact unearthed in 1923 at the site on which the building now stands. 

Dating from around AD200 the mosaic originally formed part of the dining room floor of a wealthy Roman townhouse. Its design consists of a central rose motif surrounded by four panels depicting sea monsters chasing dolphins.

The Mosaic is displayed horizontally in a case embedded into the floor of the building as Firstsite’s only permanent exhibit, providing a glimpse of the history buried under the building.

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