Roman Canterbury was a place to live and work in. It was also a marketplace to which people from the surrounding countryside brought their produce for sale. The Roman marketplace reconstructions are based on evidence found in Canterbury, as well as sculptural images found in other places, and actual Roman shops preserved in Pompeii.
In the Roman marketplace are the following:
- A food bar, selling oysters and seafood obtained readily from the nearby coast.
- A fabric seller, with woollen cloth coloured using plant dyes, and a small display of evidence for weaving including loom weights.
- A shoemaker, with one-piece ‘carbatinae’ shoes reconstructed from offcuts of waste leather (displayed) found in the excavation of a Roman drain in Stour Street.
- A bone-pin maker, with finished and unfinished pins, roughly carved sticks and waste material found at the site of a second century pin-maker’s workshop near the Roman public baths that straddled the High Street end of St Margaret’s Street; bone was the Roman equivalent of plastic.
- A vegetable seller, with locally grown vegetables introduced by the Romans.
- A stall with imported and locally made jewellery, mostly found during excavation of the Marlowe car park in 1978-80 and including rings, bracelets, pins and brooches.