Mystery of Chedworth Villa's 1,800-year-old Roman glass shard is finally solved

Mail Online | 7/22/2019 | Victoria Bell For Mailonline
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An extremely rare piece of glass has been identified as a 1,800-year-old fish bottle after two years of analysis by experts from around the world.

The small piece of patterned green glass was found at Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire in the summer of 2017.

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Chedworth, a National Trust property, is regarded as one of the grandest Roman villas in Britain, but the piece is was like nothing that had ever been found in Britain.

But now, glass experts have conclusively decided it was made thousands of miles away around the Black Sea in what is now Ukraine and was possibly used to hold exotic perfume.

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For the bottle to travel that far, it sheds new light on the wealth and power of the people who occupied Chedworth, regarded as one of the grandest villas in the UK.

Nancy Grace, the National Trust archaeologist who led the work to investigate the find, said it had puzzled lots of people.

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'People have been enchanted by it, but it has also been a long and difficult journey,' she said.

'To have found that it is the only one of its type so far discovered in Roman Britain adds to our knowledge of the importance of Chedworth Roman Villa.'

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The team say that it 'underlines that the occupants were in touch with the furthest regions of the Roman Empire and wanted to show off that influence.'

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