Cavalry tombstone returning to Lancaster City Museum

Lakeland Echo

A NATIONALLY important Roman tombstone discovered in Lancaster will be returning to the city next month.
The memorial for a Roman soldier is due to arrive at Lancaster City Museum on October 12 after months of conservation work in Preston.

Discovered during an excavation in Aldcliffe Road in 2005, the giant tombstone is thought to be in memory of Lucius Nisus Vodullius, a trooper in a Roman army. It depicts a figure on horseback decapitating a man.

A window will have to be removed from the rear of the City Museum to allow the tombstone to be craned into the upstairs gallery.

The tombstone is likely to be on view to the public about a week after its installation and is expected to be a popular draw for historians and visitors alike.

The museum has received a £5,000 grant to improve the displays around the tombstone which should take a few months to complete.

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