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'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands


Last year, a Roman sarcophagus was found near to Harper Road in Southwark. As only the third sarcophagus discovered in London since 1999, archaeologists at Pre-Construct Archaeology began working immediately to reveal its secrets, and what the unique find tells us about the ancient city that 8 million people now call home.

'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands

The sarcophagus will be placed on public display for the first time, alongside the skeletons and cremated remains of 28 Roman Londoners found during archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries.

'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands
A jet pendant depicting the head of Medusa alongside beads that formed a necklace. The rare items will be
on display at the Museum of London Docklands [Credit: Museum of London]
'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands
The tombstone of a 10 year old girl called Marciana [Credit: Museum of London]
'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands
Stone sarcophagus from Harper Road, Southwark [Credit: Museum of London]
'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands
A skull showing signs of a violent death [Credit: Museum of London]
The exhibition also features over 200 objects from burials in Roman London, exploring how people dealt with death in Londinium. Many items were brought here from across the Empire, showing the extent of London's international connections, even at this early time in its history.

'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands
A glass dish found buried with a body [Credit: Museum of London]
'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands
A gold ring with a gemstone depicting two mice eating together [Credit: Museum of London]
'Roman Dead: Piecing together burials and beliefs in Roman London' at the Museum of London Docklands
Three beakers found with a young woman who had been buried in a wooden coffin
[Credit: Museum of London]
Roman Dead uses these grave goods and the results of scientific analysis of ancient Londoners' skeletons to explore who Roman Londoners were, and show the city's diverse past.


Objects on display include tombstones, jewellery and cremation urns of varying shapes and sizes. The charred remains of food and vessels that may have contained drinks help to shed light on how Roman Londoners prepared their friends and family for their journey to the afterlife.

Roman Dead, a free exhibition, runs until 28 October 2018 at the Museum of London Docklands.

Source: Museum of London Docklands [May 26, 2018]

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