A little personal luxury: the bath house at Denton villa

Of all of the structures we know about in Roman Lincolnshire, the bath house at Denton villa is one of my personal favourites. The small bath house, associated with a modest villa and large enough for only a couple of people to use at once, speaks at a more personal level than the grandest country houses and large public baths evidenced at other sites. Continue reading

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Ballista bolts, brooches and pots: early Roman military activity at Lincoln

In a post last month, I wrote about the fascinating discovery of a pair of important new late Roman burials on the hillside just east of Roman Lincoln’s lower enclosure. In that post I briefly mentioned some of the early Roman evidence uncovered during that excavation and said I’d come back to it later. Well, folks, that time is now! Continue reading

Lime kilns at Lincoln’s eastern bypass excavations

The latest ‘Find of the Week’ article by Network Archaeology in the Lincolnshire Echo, highlighting elements of their work as part of the construction of Lincoln’s new eastern bypass, takes to the air to provide a wonderful drone view of a pair of Roman lime kilns from the Washingborough excavation site. Continue reading

A little bit of sole: some Roman shoes from Lincoln’s waterfront

I had the opportunity recently to assess the condition of some of the Roman shoes excavated at Lincoln’s Roman waterfront in the late 1980s. The excavations, which I’ve mentioned before in this post about an enigmatic wooden paddle, have provided some of the best organic survival in the city, but have never been fully published and sadly remain less known than they should be. Continue reading

A gold ring with possible Christian symbolism from a Roman trader’s house

One of the joys of museum stores is that you never know what might be inside the next box you open. Could it be an incredibly rare and beautiful preserved work of art? Could it be environmental samples? Thankfully, the box I opened earlier today brought me face to face with a fascinating object that I wasn’t aware of, but would like to share with you here. Continue reading