mosaic floor


part of the decorative complex


Floor decoration of villa maritima in Dragonera south


Mosaic in room in west wing, construction from 1st to 4th centuries (Flavian building).


The property in which the mosaic is located is part of the Dragonera south site; Dragonera north site. It was a large Antique Period complex which was continuously inhabited from the 1st to the 7th centuries. The complex has been defined as a residential homestead (villa maritima) with an olive processing facility. Dragonera south is the better preserved part of the site, and the floor decoration of the villa from the first building period has been preserved in fragments, but well enough to make assumptions about an expensively equipped building. The mosaic in the room of the west wing of the villa is from the building phase of the 1st to the 4th centuries (Flavian building). The villa was later upgraded and rebuilt, so the floor mosaics from the earliest phase were mostly intersected with partition walls that were built later. The first restoration followed in the 4th century, after a fire, and continuous habitation can be determined up until to the next big fire in the 7th century.