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

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Worshipping the party god – evidence of Bacchus in Lincolnshire

I posted a little while ago about a candlestick find from Branston with possible connections to the god Bacchus, and I want to follow up on that subject here by looking at the other artefacts from Roman Lincolnshire with connections to the Roman god of wine and revelry. Continue reading

Stories from stones – Roman gems lecture

Its been an excellent week for Roman lectures here in Lincoln, with the Lincolnshire Archaeology Day at the weekend, and now Dr Ian Marshman’s excellent lecture to the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. Speaking on the subject of Roman signet rings and their intaglios, Ian took his audience on a fascinating and enthusiastic journey through the function, subject matter and antiquarian interest in these smallest of artistic depictions.

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