Often found on the floors of Roman villas, what are tesserae?
Tesserae (singular: tessera) were individually coloured, small, usually cube shaped, tiles. They were used to create elaborate mosaics on villa floors. The largest mosaic found in Britain is the Woodchester mosaic near Stroud in Gloucestershire. It is 15 square metres and is buried beneath a churchyard, although it has been uncovered several times since 1880. Romans would also play games with dice they called tesserae.
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