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These stunningly preserved Roman mosaics have been found next to a motorway in Barcelona

A pair of immaculately preserved Roman mosaics have been found next to a motorway in Barcelona.

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The mosaics are due to be transported from their current location by the C-31 motorway to the museum in the nearby city of Badalona, where they will join the permanent exhibition. The decision to move them has been attributed to the “exceptional nature” of the works and the transfer may take some days as specialist techniques need to be employed.

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As well as being beautiful and amazingly preserved, the mosaics are particularly significant because of the light they shed on ancient Baetulo (as Badalona was called in the Roman era). Their location indicates that Baetulo’s city limits extended far further than had previously been thought, and that families of high social status must have lived in the area.

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The larger of the two mosaics is made of slate and marble, bears a picture of two fish and also contains a dedication to the household gods. The smaller mosaic features a design called the “flower of life” (a circle divided into six parts). A statue of Roman god Bacchus had previously been uncovered in the same spot.

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