Mystery of Chedworth’s 1,800-year-old Roman glass shard solved
A reconstruction of Chedworth Roman Villa in the 4th Century Image: Tony Kerins (Wikimedia) CC BY-SA 4.0
After two years of research, the 1,800-year-old Roman glass shard found at Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire has finally been identified as originally from an area around the Black Sea (in today’s Ukraine). This latest finding sheds new light on the wealth and influence of the people who occupied Chedworth, a National Trust property regarded as one of the largest Roman villas in Britain.
The small shard of patterned green glass is the only remaining part of a fish-shaped bottle that was probably used to hold exotic perfume. It is the only one of its type ever discovered in Britain.
“The occupants (of Chedworth Roman Villa) were in touch with the furthest regions of the Roman Empire and wanted to show off that influence. It is amazing that a small fragment has told us so much,” said Nancy Grace, the National Trust archaeologist who led the research project.