jueves, 26 de febrero de 2015

Inscribed Roman tombstone found in southwest England

A Roman tombstone was found still in place on the site of former Bridges Garage in Cirencester (southwest England). The tombstone, found lying on its front, was turned over to reveal its fine decoration and five lines of inscription ‘D.M. BODICACIA CONIUNX VIXIT ANNO S XXVII’.
The pre-eminent Roman specialist Dr Richard Reece was on hand at the site to translate the inscription, and revealed it read ‘In memory of Bodicia. Wife. Lived 27 years’.
Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology, Neil Holbrook said it was amazing the tombstone had survived “When they built the garage in the 1960s they scraped across the top of the stone to put a beam in. If they’d gone a couple of inches lower they’d have smashed it to smithereens.”

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