Did you know?
- The remains of the Roman townhouse around which the museum is built were only discovered as a result of Second World War bombing – in the bottom of a bomb crater.
The Roman Samian-ware ‘Pudding Pan Pots’, dredged from the sea between Whitstable and Herne Bay, are the only evidence of Roman shipwrecks (at least three separate ones) off the British Isles.
Julius Caesar was an early visitor to the area. He defeated the Cantiaci, the local Iron Age tribe, in a battle at Bigbury hill fort just outside Canterbury in 54BC.
The Balsamarium, a small bronze oil container decorated with a dancing satyr (half goat, half man) and three male human figures is one of the only vessels of its type found in the UK, and was the Portable Antiquities Scheme star small find from Roman Britain in 2012.
The footprints of dogs and Roman children have been found in floor tiles excavated from Roman Canterbury. The clay tiles were left to dry in the sun before being fired in the kiln. Can you find the dog paw print?
The glue or ‘size’ used in Roman painted plaster was extracted from bulls’ testicles. Explore the museum to discover fragments of wall plaster decorated with flowers, and with the feet and legs of a Roman dancing girl.
The Roman silver hoard is one of the earliest pieces of evidence for Christianity in Britain. Several pieces include the Christian Chi Rho monogram.
Almost 30,000 individual mosaic pieces or ‘tesserae’ were used to create the Roman townhouse mosaics at Canterbury Roman Museum.