Pictured above is a Roman fresco that has been found beneath the streets of London by a team of archaeologists.

The ornate painting adorned with deer and birds, was discovered at 21 Lime street, London, where the archaeologists are undertaking fieldwork before a new office development can be built there.

The pieces of the fresco found make up for a width of almost 2,5 metres and a height of over 1,5 metres, and must have adorned the residence wall of a wealthy Roman citizen. The Museum of London Archaeology writes that the fresco dates back to the last first century, making it one of the earliest surviving frescos from Roman Britain.

“Although small fragments of Roman wall plaster have been found in London, complete collapsed wall paintings are extremely rare and the 21 Lime Street example is one of the earliest known from Britain. This design scheme has not previously been seen in Roman Britain; the closest example comes from a Roman villa in Cologne, Germany,” the museum’s team wrote. “Our specialists continue to study the fresco and archaeological records from the dig and hope to build a picture of what the area looked like in the Roman period and how it developed over almost 2,000 years of London’s history.”

Source: Museum of London Archaeology