Shortly after 410 AD, a hoard of treasure was buried near the London Gate within Canterbury's city walls. Its owner no doubt hoped for safer days to return but for whatever reason the owner didn’t return and the treasure lay unclaimed for 15 centuries.
When a mosaic pavement, with geometrical flower patterns and interlaced borders, was found in the aftermath of the Canterbury blitz bombings, archaeologists knew these had to be the remains of a very large and costly Roman town house.
In the 1970s an excavation within Canterbury’s city walls unearthed something so unusual it remains a mystery to this day. When archaeologists dug down they discovered the grave of two Roman cavalry soldiers. However, this was no ordinary grave and suspicions over the cause of death were raised. Unknowingly, archaeologists had just unearthed a real Roman Murder Mystery.
Trade was vital to Ancient Rome and the Empire was criss-crossed with trade routes. It was through these trade routes that the Romans acquired much of the materials used to create the impressive array of jewellery that we see today.
Declared as one of the key finds of 2012 by the British Museum in recognition of its significance and rarity, this remarkably complete soldier’s helmet from the mid first century BC is the finest example of its kind ever found in Britain.