‘Amazing’ Roman hoard placed on display in Museum of London

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A collection of late Roman vessels has been placed on temporary display at the Museum of London.

Discovered in Drapers Garden in the capital by Pre-Construct Archaeology, the hoard provides an important insight into daily life in Roman London.

Items found during excavations at the site in the heart of the City of London include wine buckets, copper alloy vessels, dishes, cauldrons, jugs, ladles, a bear’s skull, human remains and a Roman door. Many of the vessels were found inside a fourth century AD well and a number of them are in excellent condition.

Work was carried out by archaeologists after a 1960s tower was demolished and finds from the site are now on public display and being analysed by experts as part of the post-excavation work.

Jenny Hall, curator of Roman London at Museum of London, commented: “These finds are amazing. In size and scale they are simply unprecedented. Nothing like this has ever been found from London before, or anywhere else in Britain.”

Meanwhile, a collection of Roman artefacts and coins found in Norfolk by a metal detectorist will remain in the county following the award of a £26,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service.

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