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() A Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race has been fully uncovered in a Berkshire village - and it could be one of Britain's most exciting archaeological discoveries. 

The 1,600-year-old mosaic, which was found in Boxford in 2017 but only fully uncovered recently, is one of only three of its kind in the world and is 'totally unknown' in Britain, experts said. 

It depicts a chariot race involving Greek mythological figure Pelops, who is racing to win the hand of love interest Princess Hippodamia.

A Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race has been fully uncovered in a Berkshire village - and it could be one of Britain's most exciting archaeological discoveries. Above: The mosaic, which has been uncovered in the village of Boxford

A Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race has been fully uncovered in a Berkshire village - and it could be one of Britain's most exciting archaeological discoveries. Above: The mosaic, which has been uncovered in the village of Boxford

The mosaic, which was found in Boxford in 2017 but only uncovered recently, is one of of only three of its kind in the world and is 'totally unknown' in Britain, experts said. Above: The mosaic in 2017, when it was first uncovered

The mosaic, which was found in Boxford in 2017 but only uncovered recently, is one of of only three of its kind in the world and is 'totally unknown' in Britain, experts said. Above: The mosaic in 2017, when it was first uncovered

Archaeologist Matt Nichol, who worked on the dig, said the imagery and iconography on the mosaic was 'second to none'.

He said: 'There's a real buzz and excitement on this project, I've never seen that before on any project that I've worked on.' 

Those who worked on the dig were mainly volunteers from the Boxford History Project.

The mosaic was found in a field in the village two years ago but was then re-covered with soil to allow farmers to use the field. 

Joy Appleton, the group's chairman, told MailOnline: 'In 10 days only, the volunteers managed to clear the entire mosaic area.

'We have a passion for understanding our heritage and this is totally unknown in Britain. It is a rare thing.'

The find - named the Bellerophon Mosaic after one of the depicted figures  - mainly depicts a chariot race involving Greek mythological figure Pelops, a grandson of Zeus, the king of the gods. He  is racing to win the the hand of love interest Princess Hippodamia. Above: Volunteers from the Boxford History Project survey their work

The find - named the Bellerophon Mosaic after one of the depicted figures  - mainly depicts a chariot race involving Greek mythological figure Pelops, a grandson of Zeus, the king of the gods. He  is racing to win the the hand of love interest Princess Hippodamia. Above: Volunteers from the Boxford History Project survey their work 

Archaeologist Matt Nichol, who worked on the dig, said the imagery and iconography on the mosaic was 'second to none'. He said: 'There's a real buzz and excitement on this project, I've never seen that before on any project that I've worked on'

Archaeologist Matt Nichol, who worked on the dig, said the imagery and iconography on the mosaic was 'second to none'. He said: 'There's a real buzz and excitement on this project, I've never seen that before on any project that I've worked on'

On Saturday, the group held an open day for members of the public to view the find and Ms Appleton said there had been more interest than she expected. 

'We had nearly 3,000 people turn up,' she said. 

'It is frightening in one sense. They must have come a long way from all over the country.' 

The mosaic will now be covered over once more to protect it and to allow farming to continue. 

And the prospect of removing the mosaic and putting it in a museum has been ruled out.   

'We have been told that there is no point removing it because it is too big for museums,' Ms Appleton said. 

Those who worked on the dig were mainly volunteers from the Boxford History Project (above: a volunteer at the site uncovers an artefact). The mosaic was found in a field in the village two years ago but was then re-covered with soil to allow farmers to use the field

Those who worked on the dig were mainly volunteers from the Boxford History Project (above: a volunteer at the site uncovers an artefact). The mosaic was found in a

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