1,600-year-old Roman man may offer new clues to London’s past

From Bloomberg.com: 1,600-Year-Old Roman Man May Offer New Clues to London’s Past.

The remains of a wealthy Roman man, buried 1,600 years ago near London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, is providing clues for archaeologists trying to understand a little-known period in the city’s history.

The remains of the man, who was in his early 40s when he died about A.D. 410, went on display yesterday at the Museum of London. The museum also is showing items found in tombs nearby that date from a period when the Saxons of northern Germany ruled the city.

The Roman and Saxon discoveries were made in the last two years during the renovation of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, which overlooks Trafalgar Square. Archeologists say the remains are interesting because they were found well beyond the walls of the Roman settlement called Londinium and date from a period shortly after the Romans abandoned the city. [continue]

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  1. Though the article didn’t say, I’m assuming that the man was a native of Rome; that is no say, not a naturalized citizen or a citizen by marriage or some such thing. It would be great if they could find some inscriptions or other records.

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