Discovered in a Roman woman’s grave during archaeological excavations in Tower Hamlets, this jar dates to c. 180-300 AD. Miniature vessels are often found in Roman burials.
MOSAIC GLASS DISH
This colourful dish is made up of hundreds of blue, white and red glass petals. It would have been extremely expensive when new, costing 1000s of sesterces - over a year’s salary for a Roman soldier.
This small flagon was made in Britain between 200 and 400 AD. It was found in a woman’s grave in London’s eastern Roman cemetery.
JET MEDUSA PENDANT
Pendants like this were thought to protect souls from evil on their journey to the afterlife. It depicts Medusa, a famed gorgon with snake hair. It is made of jet, believed by Romans to be magical.
This is one of a group of rare, fine glass vessels found in a cremation burial in Londinium’s eastern cemetery. Their high quality shows the deceased or their family were probably very wealthy.
HEAD FROM A STATUE
The design of this man’s head gives clues about when he was made. His hair style and furrowed brow are representative of the military style displayed by 3rd-century emperors Philip I and Trajan Decius.
GOLD FINGER RING
Found on the third finger of the left hand of a young woman, this is probably a betrothal ring. Its gemstone depicts the town mouse and the country mouse dining together, a scene from Satires by the Roman writer Horace.
TOMBSTONE OF A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL, MARCIANA
This 3rd-century tombstone was set up in memory of Marciana, a ten year old girl. It features a carved depiction of Marciana, as well as the precise length of her life, down to the months and days.
One of four pottery vessels buried with a Roman woman at Lant Street in Southwark. Forensic analysis has shown that she was of Black African ancestry.
OIL LAMP DECORATED WITH ANUBIS
One of four decorated lamps found in a cremation burial at Great Dover Street in Southwark, this example depicts the jackal-headed Egyptian god Anubis. Anubis controlled entry into the Underworld.