Pursuing the Pomerium: The Ritual and Reality of the Sacred Boundary of Lindum Colonia

This post reproduces a paper of mine published in Volume 49 of the Lincolnshire History  and Archaeology Journal, exploring the ancient archaeological and literary evidence for the existence of sacred boundaries (pomeria) surrounding Roman towns and the possibility of such a boundary being perceived by the citizens of Roman Lincoln. Continue reading


Outsiders and executions? An important new Roman cemetery near Sleaford

Roman burials in Lincolnshire have been a source of immense interest in recent years (see my post on some previous discoveries here) and the trend looks to continue with news of a fascinating burial group excavated by local archaeologists Allen Archaeology in 2012, the report of which I have just seen. Continue reading

Vanity or Ritual? A Roman handheld mirror from Linwood

One of the most interesting Roman finds from Lincolnshire in recent years is a copper-alloy hand mirror, found at Linwood near Market Rasen in 2015. It was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (LIN-0B4401) and subsequently acquired by The Collection museum (LCNCC : 2016.29). Continue reading