A “completely unique” Roman mausoleum has been discovered by archaeologists in south London.
The remains of the structure at the Liberty of Southwark site in Borough have been described as “extremely rare” and feature preserved floors and walls.
Archaeologists think the site was used as some form of burial ground or tomb for wealthier members of Roman society.
Work on creating a permanent display is planned, says the team behind the find.
The discovery was made at the Liberty of Southwark excavation site
The dig was led by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) on behalf of Landsec and Transport for London (TfL).
MOLA believes the quality of preservation makes it the most intact Roman mausoleum ever to be discovered in Britain.
Alongside the central mosaic, raised platforms were found and steps on the lowest side were still intact.
Excavators were surprised to find two layers to the site, with another similarly designed mosaic found beneath the first floor. They believe that the building was modified at some point, with the floor raised.
“All signs indicate this was a substantial building,” says MOLA, “perhaps two storeys high.”