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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 80    1965  page 90

Excavations at Eccles, 1964: Third Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

some reduction 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.


The Frigidarium Mosaics
(Fig. 4 and Frontispiece)

by David S. Neal

   On examination 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. 4, 4).
   (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 gladiator.
   All these features are to be seen on two of the gladiator panels on

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