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Hi everyone,

I was fortunate to be able to enjoy some of the celebrations to recognise the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Bignor Roman Villa last year. They were stumbled upon by the great great great grandfather of the current owner of the land whilst plowing. I took the opportunity to take one or two photographs of the remarkable mosaic floors. Ironically the buildings errected over the remains nearly 200 years ago are considered, by English Heritage, to be more important than the Roman remains. These Georgian buildings have had the thatch redone about eight times since they were built and much of the lower layers, visible from inside the buildings, is thought to be the original. The villa dates back to the 3rd Century AD and is open to the public from the beginning of March to the end of October and is well worth the visit.

Many thanks for all the kind c+c on my last upload. It is much appreciated.

All the best,

James

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:20 Jul 2011 - 4:51 PM
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1.6 hand heldsec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Unknown
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Bignor Roman Villa
Username:James_C James_C
Uploaded:5 Jan 2012 - 2:33 PM
Tags:Architecture, Bignor Roman Villa, General, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 2:59 PM

Wonderful textures and tones brilliant detail nice one,well taken too,
saeid

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 4:20 PM

Very beautiful indeed...
i went the Roman Town house in Dorchester last spring. There was a Roman mosaic there,. I was lucky to get in and snapped two photos. I was told that the mosaic there was an unique site, because most of the Roman mosaic(s) were only in the centre of the building, the one in Dorchester covered the whole floor and the patterns were unique as well. This one looks quite good, a great found..Smile

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gingerdelight

These floors never cease to amaze with their intricate patterns.
Carol

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 5:00 PM

I've had a peek Jas - very interesting, although I think you will find the Roman Palace at Fishbourne is a really outstanding place to visit. The irony is that, although I live less than 2 miles from it, I can't remember the last time I went there Sad
I seem to remember that some of the mosaics are 5 deep ! Got bored with the old one so laid a new one on top Smile
This discussion however has reminded me of the fact so I shall make the effort - perhaps even this weekend....Wink

All the best,

James

Last Modified By James_C at 5 Jan 2012 - 5:04 PM

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 5:02 PM

The time they must have originally spent assembling these floors - they have done an excellent restoration. Very well captured James. Carole

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 7:25 PM

Sounds good and looks good... Smile. If I have the chance to visit south England, I will...Smile
I'll be waiting for your images from Fishbourne then.
Jas.

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 11:13 PM

Wonderful to see and so interesting reading your information too.

Ann

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 12:14 PM

Fascinating information, and a very interesting image of this mosaic.
I suppose to them it was like changing the carpeting.
I hope you go to Fishbourne and take loads of photos, I shall look forward to seeing them.

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KingBee e2 Member 8329 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 2:08 PM

Great shooting, James, and great description.

Regards.

Bob

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2012 - 4:48 PM

'Super {A+++} Image rendering' ~ Peter

"Happy New Year & All The Best For 2012"~~~ Smile

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 4:27 AM

What incredible workmanship James, I see a part of the floor is sagging, yet the mosaic remains intact, thanks for showing, and the interesting write-up!
Rgds., Jim

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2012 - 1:59 PM

They where amazing when they where layed James, and no less amazing now. I can only imagine what it must feel like to discover such a wonderful find as this.

John Smile

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Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2012 - 8:39 PM

A good exposure, James.
Brian

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