Dead bodies and carvings of willies: two forthcoming lectures on Roman Lincolnshire

Some dates for your diary Roman Lincolnshire fans. Two lectures on quite different aspects of Roman Lincolnshire are being held at The Collection in Lincoln in late 2017 and early 2018. Continue reading


Baking, boating or cheese making? A unique wooden paddle from Lincoln’s Roman waterfront

Some of the most fascinating excavations of Roman Lincoln have taken place around the Brayford Pool and River Witham. A series of investigations in the late 1980s revealed much evidence for the structure of the Roman waterfront and the activities that occurred there, including the dumping of rubbish. The anaerobic conditions led to the discovery of some of the greatest concentrations of surviving organic material from the city, but sadly the excavations have never been fully published and remain rather unknown. This post will look at one object from those waterfront excavations – a unique wooden ‘paddle’, the original function of which remains obscure. Continue reading

The tombstone of Lincoln’s ‘jet necklace’ lady

The tombstones of numerous residents of Roman Lincoln have been discovered through the years, providing a fascinating, if fragmentary, insight into the city’s occupants – or at least those who could afford such grand funerary monuments. One tombstone appears to not be very well known and, as it will soon be going on display at The Collection museum for the first time in many decades, is worthy of highlighting here. Continue reading

The Horkstow chariot mosaic: sporting depiction or allegory of fate?

I’ve mentioned the large and wonderful mosaic pavement from the Horkstow villa a couple of times in recent posts, but it seems remiss of me not to have discussed its best known and most significant element – the depiction of a dramatic chariot race, unique in Britain. Continue reading

Lincoln’s Eastern Bypass excavations in British Archaeology magazine

The important ongoing excavations at Washingborough as part of the construction of Lincoln’s new Eastern Bypass are featured in the latest issue (September/October 2017) of the Council for British Archaeology’s ‘British Archaeology’ magazine. Continue reading

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