Roman

Explore the history of Roman Britain with exhibitions, events, features, news and web resources gathered from hundreds of museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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Archaeologists reveal Roman Norfolk with in-demand garden digs in Caistor St Edmund

Homeowners in a village near Norwich have invited archaeologists into their gardens in pursuit of Roman artefacts. Andrew Ray, of the digging team, reports from the lawn.

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Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old wooden toilet seat used by Romans at Vindolanda fort

The only surviving wooden Roman toilet seat in Britain has been found in perfectly-preserved condition at the former fort of Vindolanda, near Hadrian's Wall.

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Museum of Archaeology opens Living on the Hills: 10,000 Years of Durham exhibition

Tools, cup, bowls, everyday objects, art and architecture range from prehistory to Roman and Medieval objects in Durham - many of them found during 1970s excavations.

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Game of Thrones' Dolorous Edd proves he's a chipper chap for Hadrian's Wall exhibition

He might be a taciturn figure on the HBO series Game of Thrones, but 'Dolorous Edd' actor Ben Crompton showed he was game for a laugh along Hadrian's Wall this week.

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WallQuest volunteer archaeology project makes two important finds on Hadrian's Wall

The WallQuest community excavations on Hadrian's Wall have uncovered a bath and a collapsed wall, helping to unlock the secrets of the building and the history of the Wall.

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Game of Thrones star launches Wall Face - the faces who saved and preserved Hadrian's Wall

A Wall-wide display of portraits of the pioneers who protected, conserved or told the story of Hadrian’s Wall is to be launched by Games of Thrones star Ben Crompton, who plays Dolorous Edd.

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Archaeologists say Anglo-Saxon sword discovery "couldn't have been better scripted"

An Anglo-Saxon sword found on a neolithic settlement will undergo X-rays later this year, as archaeologists survey the revealing discoveries of a five-week dig at Barrow Clump.

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In Pictures: The new £2.4 million Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at Salisbury Museum

Take a look inside the new gallery at Salisbury Museum, which opened earlier this month with artefacts including the Amesbury Archer and the Wardour Hoard.

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July 2014's top ten UK archaeology artefacts

Gold beads, hacked Roman legs and jawbones, cave coins and Tutankhamun all turned up in the summer heat. Take a look back at ten of the discoveries.

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Anglo-Saxon arthritis sufferer, graves and swords found by archaeologists at Barrow Clump

Archaeologists have been reflecting on their latest excavations at a Salisbury site which has been a Neolithic settlement, Bronze Age burial mound and Saxon cemetery.

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Altars dedicated to Roman god Jupiter, classical temples intrigue Maryport archaeologists

The most north-westerly classical temple ever discovered in the Roman world and a series of altars dedicated to the god of Jupiter have been revealed on the frontiers of the Roman Empire World......

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Archaeologists find baths of "sociable" Romans and early evidence of Christianity

An unusually early Christian silver ring, a bath with a bread oven and butchered animal bones are among the finds at a site near Bishops Auckland revealing 1,800 years of history.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: Roman gold, a medieval matrix and an amulet in Cornwall

Anna Tyacke, the Finds Liaison Officer for Cornwall, chooses a Roman gold bracelet or neck fragment, a medieval silver seal matrix and a first pestle amulet.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: Roman gold coins and daggers of war in the west

Kurt Adams, the Finds Liaison Officer for Gloucestershire and Avon, introduces an extremely rare gold coin and a dangerous metal dagger found by a fisherman.

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Festival of Archaeology: Julian Watters on pickaxes, brooches, dogs and Roman cups

The Finds Liaison Officer for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire picks four of his favourite discoveries, including a 1st century vessel and a figurine in the form of a seated dog.

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