The Walbrook, one of the lost rivers flowing beneath London’s streets, is a time capsule of Roman Londinium. For over 170 years, archaeologists have dug astonishingly well-preserved artefacts of the ancient city out of the waterlogged earth of the stream. A new display at the Museum of London, Working the Walbrook, uses this collection of tools and other everyday objects to examine what life was like for ordinary Roman Britons. Let’s hear from Owen Humphreys, whose research underpins the display.
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This is the skeleton of a girl who was 14 years old when she died. She had blue eyes. She was born in north Africa, and lived in London for at least four years before her death and burial, on what is now Lant Street in Southwark. In her short life, she had suffered from rickets and gum disease, but she was healthy enough to grow to 5′ 3” by the time she died. We don’t know her name or exactly what she looked like – but that’s understandable, given that she lived in the Roman city of Londinium, over 1500 years ago.
Ground-breaking scientific research at the Museum of London has, for the first time ever, created a detailed “picture” of the inhabitants of Roman London. Using evidence “written” in their teeth, bones, DNA and burial, we’ve uncovered the extraordinary diversity of these ancient Londoners.
The museum’s Archaeological Archive has a long standing reputation for involving volunteers in improving access to our archaeology collections. For the past year funding from Arts Council England has allowed us to develop an entirely new project, inspired by the museum’s Collections Online project, to digitally ‘open up’ our immense collection of Roman hairpins. Read the full post
In honour of this year’s Valentine’s Day, the Archaeological Archive is showcasing the smuttier side of its collections, looking at ‘erotic’ objects from across the ages. Read the full post
Quite some time ago, a visitor to the 1851 Great exhibition in Hyde Park bought a souvenir tobacco pipe, smoked it and headed east out of London where they threw it away. A long time ago, a Roman Londoner heading to Colchester stopped off along the way somewhere near Romford. An exceptionally long time ago, a group of people followed the migrating wildlife to what would become the north eastern section of the Thames, knapped some flint and set up camp. This past month, the Museum of London has followed suit and I’ve been popping up in East London too, bringing back the past to the people of Havering. Read the full post
In the run up to the opening of our new exhibition, Our Londinium 2012 at the Museum of London, illustrator Olly Gibbs talks us through how he created his illustrations for the exhibition’s marketing campaign. We challenged Olly to create four different designs – two modern objects made up of Roman object doodles, and two Roman objects made up of modern object doodles, find out how he did it below… Hello all, Olly Gibbs here! I have been kindly asked to give you lucky people a glimpse into the creation of the latest illustrations for the upcoming Our Londinium 2012 […]