Plight to keep Roman mosaic discovered in Dewlish from being sold overseas

Plight to keep Roman mosaic discovered in Dewlish from being sold overseas

Published by Maria Greenwood at 2:07pm 28th July 2020.

Villagers in Dewlish are campaigning to keep a Roman floor panel from being dug up and shipped overseas.

The panel was discovered in the grounds of Dewlish House by archaeologists in the 70's and is thought to have been part of the flooring in a Roman villa. 

It has now been sold to an overseas buyer for £135,000.

A temporary export ban has been placed on the item by the government, with the hope that a buyer here can be found to match the price.

Villagers in Dewlish are campaigning to keep a valuable Roman artefact in their village. 

If the group don not raise enough to buy it by the 16th of October, it's likely to be exported. 

john seymour
John Seymour

Villager John Seymour (pictured above) told Wessex FM:

"The item is 1600 years old and has remained buried since it's excavation in 1974. 

"It was dug up by a team from Bournemouth University who were able to photograph and log it's details, then rebury it for protective purposes."

"It is not just a community asset for this village but it is a unique mosaic, there is nothing like it in the country, it is of UK heritage of immense value to the village, 

"We don't want it to go because like myself and the villagers we do not have that many things that make us unique, this is on. We want it to be retained amongst us, like it always has been since that date."

Once the ban has been lifted, excavation on the item will begin, with it being removed from the village and taken to another country, John said they do not know where it will go. 

"It's because we are not permitted to know who will have bought it and what they intend to do with it, simply that it will be gone from this country. 

"We'd like to raise money to stop it from being dug up meaning we have to raise £135,000 in order to meet the cost of it was currently sold for so it can be retained in this country."