Mosaic floor (Fragment)

< 1 of 1 > Back

From Birrens, Dumfriesshire

Postcard of Mosaic floor (Fragment).
© National Museums Scotland

Mosaic floor (Fragment)

Mosaic flooring was made from small pieces of tiles or stones, arranged in patterns. This fragment of a coarse mosaic floor made from small squarish stones was found at the site of the Roman fort of Birrens in Dumfriesshire.

The small stones were set in cement to form a functional, rather than decorative, flooring. Such floors are rare in Roman Scotland.

The Roman army introduced into Scotland a range of new building materials such as plaster, mortar and cement. Tiles and bricks were used for roofing and internal fittings. In a few cases there is even evidence of mosaic flooring.

Record details

To search on related items, click any linked text below.

Online ID: 000-100-036-711-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
Project description | View all records in project
Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FR 199
Date: Between 120 and 180 AD
Material: Brick; tessellated
Dimensions: 80 mm x 90 mm x 40 mm
What: Pavement / portion
Where: Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Middlebie, Birrens
Description: Portion of a brick tessellated pavement, from the floor of a bath at Birrens
Related Records:
< 1 of 1 > Back
Powered by Scran