UK archeologists discover 'extraordinary' Roman mosaic displaying scenes from Homer’s ‘Iliad’
According to a team from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services, the mosaic was discovered last year by the son of a landowner in the English county of Rutland. - Courtesy Historic England/TNS/TNS

Archeologists have unearthed a large Roman mosaic depicting scenes from Homer’s “The Iliad,” the first discovery of its kind in the United Kingdom. According to a team from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), the initial discovery was made last year by Jim Irvine, the son of a landowner in the English county of Rutland. Irvine made the “extraordinary discovery” in his family’s wheat field, about 100 miles north of London. After finding “some unusual pottery amongst the wheat,” he began investigating on his own, a process that began during the pandemic lockdown and “fill...