Fishbourne Roman Villa
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We took Noel's mum out today, a bit further afield than normal, with a visit to Fishbourne Roman Villa. All that remains now are a large selection of floor mosaics, which have been excavated and housed in a large shed. There is also a museum housing many of the finds that were discovered during excavation. The palace itself was massive, and much of it cannot be excavated as it lies under the houses that sprung up around the site over the past couple of hundred years. The mosaics are very interesting, and the volunteer guides can tell you lots of stories about their history, and point out little things that you might not notice yourself. Some of the floors are very elaborate and skilfully done, while others appear more rough - this is due to the local artisans learning the skill from the Roman imports and, of course, not being as trained produced lesser quality work.