Highlights at Canterbury Roman Museum
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Canterbury Roman Museum has many beautiful and unusual examples of Roman glassware and the collection is exceptional for a regional museum. Excavations in Canterbury and East Kent have produced a very wide range of Romano-British glass vessels and fragments, dating from the mid-first century AD to at least the end of the fourth century.
Coming Soon! A star find from Roman Britain in 2012 and a new gift to the museum. This rare bronze container for oil or perfume was found near Petham in 2012 by a metal detectorist. It is decorated with a dancing satyr - half goat, half man - and three male figures. They are dancing in a wood, playing the pipes and carrying an amphora of wine.
Roman cavalry swords
Evidence of a double murder! Excavated in Canterbury during the 1970s, archaeologists found a grave with skeletons of two young men, aged about twenty and thirty. Their bodies appeared to have been thrown hurriedly into the grave. Romans usually buried their dead outside the city walls but this grave was found inside.
Roman tombstone of a six-year-old girl
The dedication on this marble tombstone to a six-year-old girl, Publia Valeria Maxima, reads 'May the earth lie lightly upon you'. The tombstone was set up to their 'devout daughter' by her parents, Oppia Valeria and Sextus Pomponius Capratinus. We know this from the Latin inscriptions.
Recent finds by Canterbury Archaeological Trust
The Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT) was formed in 1976 to carry out archaeological excavations in advance of redevelopment projects. Today, CAT’s principal role remains unchanged: to ensure that sites and buildings under threat from construction projects are investigated and recorded before work takes place. Evidence for the Roman city continues to be found in Canterbury and a selection of recent finds is exhibited in a case at Canterbury Roman Museum.