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"Touching hand with history" a finger print of Roman London
trefwoorden: UK - Londen - romeinse tijd - zalf
Archaeologists have today, July 28, opened up a sealed Roman box at the Museum of London - its contents: 2000-year-old cream, complete with perfectly preserved ancient finger marks.
Measuring six centimetres by five, the small metal pot was unearthed earlier this month close to a newly-discovered Romano-Celtic temple complex in Southwark, south London.
The pot was discovered in a Roman drain and while experts are not certain what it was used for, it is believed to have been hidden deliberately.
"This is a find of such rarity - although we don't yet know whether the cream was medicinal, cosmetic or entirely ritualistic," explained Nansi Rosenberg, Senior Archaeological Consultant with EC Harris, the company managing the dig.

Lees verder bij: 24 hour museum (28 juli 2003)