Rare Roman tombstone goes on show in Lancaster museum

October 16th, 2008 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 16 (ANI): A rare tombstone that shows a Roman soldier with the severed head of a barbarian, has gone on permanent display at a museum in Lancaster, UK.

According to a report by BBC News, the tombstone, dating to around 100AD, was discovered in 2005.

It was found during an excavation in Aldcliffe Road by the Greater Manchester Archaeology Unit, which is based at the University of Manchester.

The stone is 6ft (1.8m) high, weighs 1500lbs (0.68 tonnes), and depicts an officer riding with the severed head of a barbarian enemy in his hand.

Specialist staff at Lancashire County Councils conservation studio in Preston worked to conserve the tombstone so it is suitable for permanent public display at Lancaster Museum, not far from the site where it had lain for almost 2,000 years.

According to stephen Bull, curator of Military History and Archaeology for Lancashire Museums, This stone provides a crucial insight into the history of the county, and is an iconic piece of Lancasters dramatic past. (ANI)

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