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'The Pompeii of the North': London's most important ever archaeological dig
Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2013 | LEON WATSON

Posted on 04/19/2013 5:45:09 PM PDT by NYer

Thousands of Roman artefacts have been unearthed in an archaeological dig hailed as 'the most important excavation ever held in London'.

Archaeologists have found coins, pottery, shoes, lucky charms and an amber Gladiator amulet which date back almost 2,000 years.

Experts leading the excavation have also uncovered wooden structures from the 40s AD around 40ft beneath the ground.

The site is just yards from the River Thames and alongside a huge building project for new offices on Queen Victoria Street in the heart of London's financial district.


he Bloomberg Place construction site


Archaeologists work to unearth Roman artifacts.

The discoveries have been so well preserved in the muddy waters of the lost Walbrook River that archaeologists have nicknamed the site 'the Pompeii of the North'.

Sadie Watson, the site director from the Museum of London Archaeology, said: 'Certainly the archaeology on this project so far is probably the most important excavation ever held within London, certainly within Roman London.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: archaeology; godsgravesglyphs; london; roman; romanempire; walbrookriver

A fragment of an ceramic beaker, dating from around the 1st century AD

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An amber amulet in the shape of a gladiator's helmet

1 posted on 04/19/2013 5:45:10 PM PDT by NYer
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To: SunkenCiv


Uncovered: A ceramic oil lamp depicting a stag

2 posted on 04/19/2013 5:46:31 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer
An amber amulet in the shape of a gladiator's helmet

More like the shape of a hand grenade ;-)

3 posted on 04/19/2013 6:22:04 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: lonevoice

A great discovery!


4 posted on 04/19/2013 6:22:23 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: NYer; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ..

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks NYer. To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


5 posted on 04/19/2013 6:24:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very cool.


6 posted on 04/19/2013 6:25:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: NYer
Archaeologists have found coins, pottery, shoes, lucky charms


7 posted on 04/19/2013 6:27:39 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: NYer
"We believe this is a mummified Roman!"


8 posted on 04/19/2013 6:28:23 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: NYer

I’m guessing whoever had their money invested in that construction project are not as pleased as the rest of us.


9 posted on 04/19/2013 6:30:16 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I love that movie!!


10 posted on 04/19/2013 6:32:29 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

haha that movie was my first thought as well


11 posted on 04/19/2013 6:33:46 PM PDT by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: NYer

The amulet looks like a stamping device. Amazing site.


12 posted on 04/19/2013 6:36:17 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: ElkGroveDan

I knew, I just KNEW somebody would post that. I knew it the second I read “lucky charms”.

This being Free Republic and all.

(chuckle)


13 posted on 04/19/2013 6:40:49 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: NYer
Pompeii? Seriously?

Not to disparage either the beauty or the importance of this find, but if somebody says "Pompeii", I think pyroclastic entombment.

14 posted on 04/19/2013 6:43:43 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: mass55th

It is a pity that the DVD for Five Million Years to Earth is so ridiculously expensive. A Hammer film that costs more than most Criterion collection, fancy that.

Oddly enough, though the special effects were not as good, there is a lot of love for the original four part BBC series, Quatermass and the Pit. Because it was much longer, they were able to build up the mood and some say it was one of the best BBC productions ever made.

Fortunately, they preserved it and it has been restored.


15 posted on 04/19/2013 7:20:07 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Bookmark


16 posted on 04/19/2013 7:30:51 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: NYer

I’ve read a couple of articles about this find. They mention that the wet conditions preserved the materials. This seems to run counter to common sense. It’s not like it was underwater in near freezing conditions.


17 posted on 04/20/2013 5:15:17 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Similar to peat bogs, the preserving ingredient in this situation is low to no oxygen, or oxygen depleted.


18 posted on 04/20/2013 5:45:16 AM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Nice to know that mud can be so nice to us.


19 posted on 04/20/2013 6:15:00 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Pride in the USA

Wow. It’s amazing how intact and preserved those artifacts are, especially the ceramic ones.


20 posted on 04/20/2013 8:53:21 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: lonevoice

Probably the most amazing are the wooden artifacts and intact leather shoes/boots.

The leather goods are believed to be the only surviving leather artifacts from the Roman era anywhere in the world. We’ve seen them as pictures on frescoes or on statuary, but to actually see the real thing is startling.

As an aside, I ran into a leather-good shop on St. Thomas years ago that measured your feet and made sandals based on images from Roman sources. They were pretty comfortable and I wore them until the wore completely out.


21 posted on 04/20/2013 10:08:08 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill

That’s a wonderful story about your shoes!

I’d love to see pictures of the intact leather shoes they uncovered. I wish a photo of them had been included in the article.


22 posted on 04/20/2013 10:17:39 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: lonevoice

I think one of the links provided by Sunken Civ in the original thread had a lot more pictures and the boots were at that site.


23 posted on 04/20/2013 3:52:47 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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