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Archaeologia Cantiana -
Vol. 80 1965
at Eccles, 1964: Third Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot
in size; and a third bath building on an even more grandiose
scale than its immediate predecessor. What changes in fortune
or ownership these alterations may reflect, it is impossible
to say; but there is every likelihood that some of these
problems may be resolved in the excavation of the villa itself
in future years.
(Fig. 4 and Frontispiece)
by David S. Neal
of the fragments, two types of workmanship can be
distinguished (1) Fragments associated with a panel containing
two gladiators, and (2) a possible aquarium scene.
The tesserae of the possible aquarium scene are of
finer workmanship and different in colour from those used in
the gladiatorial pavement; again, the mortar backing on the
former is only one inch thick, compared with a thickness of
two to three inches on the latter. So far during
reconstruction, none of the one-inch fragments have joined to
the two-inch ones.
Designs associated with the Gladiator Mosaic
(a) Fragments of perspective box-pattern
with internal lozenge measurement of 7 inches.
(b) Remains of four-leaf rosettes
originally set into boxes with an internal measurement of 15
inches (Fig. 4, 2).
(c) Single leaf design with stalk set into
boxes with internal measurement of 9 inches (Fig.
(d) Two types of guilloche. Nine-inch wide
double-braid guilloche and 6-inch wide single-braid guilloche.
(e) Fragments of two gladiators with
armoured cod-piece and arm bands (Fig. 4,
1 and 3).
On examination and reconstruction of the fragments, a pair of
legs can be seen standing on an irregular grey line suggesting
a ground line or shadow. At the top of the leg is a point,
dropping down and looking very much like the tail of a stag,
but which is almost certainly an armoured cod-piece with the
hem-line of a skirt running behind it. Another fragment shows
an arm and wrist bound with leather thongs. A red sword-pommel
can be seen, and part of the right foot of the second
All these features are to be seen on two of the gladiator
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